Rothko Chapel presents Anniversary of Archbishop Óscar Romero's Martyrdom: Music and Spoken Word
To commemorate the anniversary of Archbishop Romero's martyrdom, the Rothko Chapel will be filled with music and spoken word. The Trinity Jazz Ensemble, which performs regularly for Sunday worship at Trinity Episcopal Church, will create a special program of music inspired by Romero and jazz renditions of folk mass and popular songs from the Archbishop’s native El Salvador.
Community leaders from around Houston will read from Romero’s homilies and writings, including his book “Violence of Love” and his homilies. The program will begin with a poem read in tribute to Romero, followed by a city declaration, presented by council member, district J, Mike Laster, naming March 24 as the official Day of Bishop Romero in Houston. Then Trinity Jazz Ensemble will take the stage, staring performers Pelayo Parlade on piano, Mike Owen on bass and Ernesto Vega on flute and clarinet, as well as vocalist April Sloan-Hubert. Readings by community members will be sprinkled in between performances, and the program will close with a solo by April Sloan-Hubert of “Amazing Grace.”