Old News – Mangione

Pardon the bad picture but most pictures from online newspapers are terrible. That is Chuck Mangione on the right who was giving a Christmas concert. From 1968 to 1972 he was director of the Eastman jazz ensemble. He would become nationally famous in 1970 when he released his album “Friends and Love.” That album was recorded as a live performance with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. It was also filmed by and shown on WXXI. Maybe someday WXXI will show that concert again.

The Courier-Journal was the weekly newspaper of the Rochester Catholic Diocese.


Friday, Dec. 6, 1968

Music to Note a Centennial By
by Margaret Connolly

Chuck Mangione is pictured rehearsing with an orchestra and chorus he will direct.

It takes all kinds of music to celebrate a century.

The Diocese of Rochester has tapped the talents of jazz notables and a nationally-known composer to signal the start of the next one hundred years.” Their work, which includes three premiere performances, makes up a large part of the Centennial Concert, titled “Sacred Music from Past to Future,” next Tuesday night in the Nazareth College Arts Center.

Chuck and Gap Mangione popularly associated with Rochester night spots, have prepared two jazz compositions of a religious nature for the concert.

Dr. Wayne Bartow of the Eastman School of Music wrote the featured work, a cantata for a small orchestra and chorus.

Chuck Mangione will direct instrumentalists and singers in the first public performance of the Gloria from his own jazz “Mass of St. Bernard’s.” His brother Gap has scored Joe Mooney’s “Act of Contrition” especially for this concert.

Mooney, a jazz singer who made his mark in the thirties, wrote the prayer setting 35 years ago, but it has never been performed publicly. “It’s the best thing I have ever heard as far as an expression of contrition is concerned,” says Capuchin Father John Frega of St. Bernard’s, a one-time jazz performer with Mooney and one of the concert organizers.

The Church can use all kinds of music. Curtain time is 8:15, Tuesday, Dec. 10.