Mind the Gap Films Press Release (excerpt)

Hallelujah Broadway is a feast of inspired vocal performances set in the baroque magnificence of the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude, home to the Prague Symphony.  Crucially, Hallelujah Broadway will have star central performances from three featured soloists -the amazing tenor Rodrick Dixon, the powerful soprano from the Chicago Symphony Alfreda Burke, and the marvellous Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns.   The show also features as a special guest one of Broadway’s leading ladies - Linda Eder.

Hallelujah Broadway was taped in Prague, Monday 8th February 2010.

HB began airing on Public Television across the nation on July 31, 2010.   Please check your local PBS listings for airings and re-airings in your area; (Greater Chicagoland area, WYIN, WTTW).   Hope that you are within viewing reception range and enjoy it!  Thank you so much for supporting Public Television and Hallelujah Broadway!  Peace!

*EMI/Manhattan Records released HB DVDs/CDs online (,, Barnes & Noble, CD Universe, etc.) and in selected stores across the nation on September 14, 2010.  You may also purchase from any PBS station that has aired Hallelujah Broadway; (PBS orders include bonus DVD tracks).  Ireland release will be November 12, 2010.


Alex North, American Composer, Film (1910 – 1991)

- Streetcar Named Desire, Spartacus, the Misfits, Under the   Volcano, Prizzi’s Honor, etc.

The Michael Teolis Singers will be presenting Alex North’s cantata, Negro Mother May 1, 2010 as the centerpiece of their annual spring concert in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. This jazzy and insightful work, to the poem by Langston Hughes, was composed and first performed in 1940 and believed to have had its last performance in New York in 1947. The Michael Teolis Singers’ performance will be the Midwest premier of the work.  Famed Chicago- area Soprano, Alfreda Burke, will be the featured soloist.

An excerpt of this Chicago Negro Mother performance was featured in Jon Burlingame’s October 24,  2010 two-hour retrospective of Alex North’s music on LA’s classical radio KUSC.  The broadcast time was 2:00pm Pacific Time, 4:00pm Central Standard Time; streaming on

Upcoming 2010-2012 engagements, airings include national/international PBS Special Hallelujah Broadway; Mike Teolis Singers; WSU Music & Medicine Symposium, YMP Artist Residency (U of C, Berkeley); EMI event (NYC); Chorus Angelorum Beethoven Mass in C; American Ireland Fund event; Tuba Bach Chamber Music Fest; Too Hot to Handel at the Detroit Opera House and Auditorium Theatre; Holders Season Gala (Barbados); Cincinnati Pops Symphony; serving on the Roosevelt University CCPA Advisory Board.

Alfreda Burke & Rodrick Dixon will be live on Cincinnati’s WCET (PBS), Monday, June 6, 2011, 8pm pledging Hallelujah Broadway with Cincinnati Pops.  Please tune in and pledge your support!  Alfreda, Rodrick and Anthony Kearns will join Maestro John Morris Russell, Cincinnati Pops Symphony, May Festival Summer Chorus and Dir. Robert Porco on August 6, 2011.  See you there!

Please come to a Hallelujah Broadway live performance at the Auditorium Theatre, Saturday, September 17, 2011; (see below flyer pdf link).  Tickets are now on sale for both Hallelujah Broadway and Too Hot to Handel (Jan. 14 & 15, 2012)!  Love to see you there!

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (Chicago) YouTube:

Too Hot to Handel will be performed at the Detroit Opera House on December 4, 2011.


Alfreda Burke & Rodrick Dixon will perform their Duo Concert February through April in perhaps a city near you!  Watch for us in Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky, Connecticut!


Old St. Patrick’s Church presents the 16th Annual Celtic Celebration, Siamsa na nGael,  Monday, March 12, 2012, 7:30pm  at  Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue,  Chicago, IL

Experience performances through song, dance and story presented by:  Award-Winning Actor Brian Dennehy, Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir, Irish Instrumentalists, Trinity Irish Dancers, Soul Children of Chicago Choir and vocalists:  Alfreda Burke, Catherine O’Connell, Rodrick Dixon, Michael Londra and many more.

For tickets, call 312.294.3000 or visit


During July and August, Alfreda Burke & Rodrick Dixon look forward to an Artist Residency with the brilliant, talented youth of visionary Daisy Newman’s Young Musicians Choral Orchestra (YMCO) in the Oakland, CA area.


Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke are pleased and honored to participate in the events and  live taping of the 62nd Miss World Final in Ordos (Inner Mongolia), China,  Saturday, August 18, 2012.  (Julia Morley is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Miss World Organisation, UK.)


Songs of a Dream, duo concert of Alfreda Burke & Rodrick Dixon, co-produced with the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Sunday, November 18, 2012, 3:00 pm at the Katten/Landau Studio, 425 South Wabash, 4th Floor.

An intimate cabaret performance with Auditorium Theatre favorites, Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon, as they take us on a musical journey of their love story and professional revelations.  …From Verdi and Puccini to Gershwin, Bernstein and Lloyd Webber, and lots in between!

Songs of a Dream is available for booking in 2013 and beyond through the Auditorium Theatre.  Please contact Kathy Bliss for more information at (312)341-2365 or,

For more information, click on below link:


It’s that time again!  Too Hot to Handel at the Detroit Opera House, December 1st, 2012; and Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, January 19th and 20th, 2013!


I was moved to tears by the wonderful audience of the Fourth Presbyterian Church noon concert co-sponsored by the Musicians Club of Women on Friday, December 7th.  I felt your warm hearts and loved your spirited participation!  Love to my pianist, Karin Edwards!  Many thanks to the Hallelujah Broadway! supporters that were in attendance.  Many thanks to those of you who attended our duo concert, also.  I truly appreciate the fervent prayers regarding my mother during that week.  I wish you all a very warm, love-filled, joyous, meaningful Christmas & Blessed, healthy, grace-filled New Year!  I hope to see you at the Auditorium Theatre’s Too Hot to Handel performances.  Light, Life and Love from the One who is called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!!!                    Isaiah 9:6