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Melodic Mastery Meets in South Pasadena, Sherry Williams and Theo Saunders Headline ‘A Spark of Joy and Jazz’

Published on Nov 19, 2023

In the heart of South Pasadena, a unique musical event is set to take place that promises to be a feast for the senses. 

Presented by Clazzical Notes, “A Spark of Joy and Jazz” is scheduled for December 5 at 7 pm at the South Pasadena Library, 1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena. This event promises a testament to the transformative power of music, aiming to leave attendees with a renewed appreciation for its potency and a longing for peace.

The evening’s performances will showcase the talents of several notable musicians. 

Sherry Williams, a renowned vocalist, will lend her voice to the event, while Theo Saunders, a skilled jazz pianist, will add a touch of rhythm and melody. Sean Fitzpatrick, the musical director of Speakeasy, will also be featured, bringing his unique musical direction to the event. In addition, the event will serve as a platform to introduce Summer Villaverde, a promising pianist, to the audience.

The program is designed to be a melting pot of creativity and collaboration, featuring gifted musicians, poets, and dancers coming together to create a unique and memorable experience. It aims to stimulate the senses and leave attendees with a renewed appreciation for the power of music and the longing for peace. The event will also explore how music styles across races and nationalities can express their unique identities and shared emotions through musical collaboration.

One of the unique aspects of this event is the use of program notes. These notes are a common medium for communicating information about the music to be heard and performed at classical music concerts. They provide listeners and performers with insights into the historical context, composer biographical details, and compositional thinking. These notes not only inform but also help shape the performer’s interpretation of a work. They provide a subtle track, leaving some mystery in the air and suggesting, rather than imposing, a framework for listener engagement.

The event is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Library. 

Those interested in attending can register for the event on the Clazzical Notes website at

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