“An International Evening of Music” Unites a Diverse Community

CLEARWATER, Fla., July 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Members of a multitude of faiths, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Scientologists and others came together at the Scientology Information Center in Downtown Clearwater to experience a special evening of music on 24th of July. Seventy members of the community ranging from ages 5 to 90 attended.

Soloist Zarui Verdanean accepts applause after her performance on July 24 at the “International Evening of Music” at the Scientology Information Center in downtown Clearwater. From the Republic of Moldovia, she is backed here by the Church of Scientology’s choir.

Mr. Rex Essilfie, Artistic Director for the Church of Scientology Choir, accompanies the choir at the International Evening of Music at the Scientology Information Center on July 24, 2016.

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The performance was delivered by the Clearwater Community Scientology Choir, a blend of international artists including England, Scotland, Canada, Ghana, Hungary, Greece, and the United States. The performance included soloists: Zarui Verdanean, a mezzo soprano international singer from the Republic of Moldova, and Sofia Keramari, an international artist from Greece, and final soloist, Judy Bechar from Israel. A duet was performed by Tom Godfrey and Joanie Sigal from the USA.

The event featured songs both old and new, including the inspiring music of the choir’s artistic music director, Mr. Rexford Essilfie, born and raised in Ghana, Africa. The songs spoke of freedom, equality and peace based on the humanitarian works of Mr. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Concert selections included: Amazing Grace, The Prayer, You’ll Never Walk Alone, This Little Light of Mine, Peace on Earth, and Let’s Pray for Peace.

“It is our heartfelt belief as a choir that music is a unifying thread for all humankind, and a perfect way to soothe the soul,” stated Maggy Graham, member of the Clearwater Community Choir.

One guest stated, “I like the ecumenical and inclusive feel of the program, and song choices. Wonderful soloists.”

The music director from a Lutheran Church stated, “Many thanks for a beautiful evening!! I was truly entertained and very impressed with the talent of your choir, the director, and the accompanist. I was also very moved with the song selections. The programming was wonderful and the feeling in the room was inspirational.”

The next musical program at the Information Center will be on Saturday, August 27th 2016. Opera Singer Susanne Epple performs for the first time at the Scientology Information Center in Downtown Clearwater, from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be served.

There is no cost to attend. All are welcome.

The Center is located at 500 Cleveland Street. To learn more about this facility or to attend upcoming events please contact Amber at 727-467-6966 or amber@cos.flag.org

The Church of Scientology:

The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups in 167 nations. The Church of Scientology regularly engages in humanitarian programs and community events. Clearwater is the home of the spiritual headquarters for the Church of Scientology. Its Information Center is open to all and provides answers to questions about Scientology through its audio visual displays, exhibits and publications. The Church of Scientology has owned the Clearwater Bank Building since 1976, restoring it and transforming its lobby into an Information Center in July 2015.

For more information please visit http://www.scientology.org/scientology-today/clearwater-information-center-opening.html

Contact: Amber Skjelset (727) 467-6966

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization