Sounds from the Tower ~ Concerts at Saint John Bosco Church

Join us for affordable, LIVE concerts of Sacred and Classical Music, presented at the Crossroads of the Westbank inside the beautiful Saint John Bosco Church, 2114 Oakmere Drive, at Cousins Boulevard, situated at the entrance to the Woodmere Neighborhood.  

Four spectacular concerts make up the 2016-2017 Season, each showcasing the spectacular Grand Organ. This instrument, installed in September of this year, is the largest and most magnificent instrument in the entire Archdiocese. Each concert is followed by a Gala Reception in the Parish Hall, to which everyone is invited.

“Catholic Classics” 

Harvey, LA – On Sunday, January 29th, at 2PM, the Choirs of Saint John Bosco Church will present a concert of familiar favorites from the Church’s vast treasury of Sacred Music. This performance is presented in honor of the Feast of St. John Bosco, who is the Patron Saint of both the parish church, and the Society of St. Francis DeSales, more commonly known as the Salesian Order. The Salesians staff both Saint John Bosco Church, and St. Rosalie Church, as well as Archbishop Shaw High School. The Order was founded by St. John Bosco. Tickets to the concert are available for $5 in advance, or for $10 on the day of the concert. For more information contact the Church Office at 504 340 0444, or email


For Immediate Release-

Friday, January 20, 2017

Acclaimed Soprano, and Star of the Opera Stage, New Orleans’ Own Sarah Jane McMahon to Join Choirs of Saint John Bosco Church in January 29th Concert! 

Harvey, LA – Famed soprano Sarah Jane McMahon will join the choirs of Saint John Bosco Church in a concert entitled “Catholic Classics” on Sunday, January 29th at 2PM. Limited advance tickets are ONLY $5, and are available from the Church Office located at 2114 Oakmere Drive (at Cousins Boulevard). Remaining tickets on the day-of-the-concert will be $10. Contact 504 340 0444 during office hours, or email for further information.

Hailed by The New York Times as “bright, active, and fastidiously musical,” and by Opera News as having “a golden sound,” Sarah Jane McMahon is recognized for her “beautiful vocal sophistication” and “sparkling stage presence.” Recently, Sarah Jane sang a Gala concert opposite Placido Domingo and made her debut with The San Francisco Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, the Wiener Konzert Haus, Bremen’s Die Glocke, and the Santo Domingo Festival in The Dominican Republic. A frequent guest artist at New York City Opera, she performed Mabel in their new production of The Pirates of Penzance and was described by The New York Times as “the most polished and flexible singer in the cast” and “a deft comic actress.” She also received their coveted Kolozsvar Award for her performances as Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and was lauded for her “silvery-voiced soprano” and “real star presence” in Purcell’s King Arthur.

Selected by Maestro Placido Domingo to join the Los Angeles Opera, she sang with the celebrated tenor as the Fifth Flower Maiden in Parsifal, Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos and The Milliner in Der Rosenkavalier. Sarah Jane also has performed with Bard SummerScape Festival as Xanthe in Richard Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae, with the Washington Concert Opera as Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando, with Michigan Opera Theatre as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Arizona Opera as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Opera Grand Rapids as Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Maria in West Side Story and Micaela in Carmen, Opera Omaha as Fanny in Il Cambiale di Matrimonio, Toledo Opera as Violetta in La Traviata, Josephine in HMS Pinafore with both the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and San Antonio Opera, with Central City Opera as Maria in West Side Story, Kathie in The Student Prince, Anne in A Little Night Music, and Lucia in Rape of Lucretia, with Chautauqua Opera as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, with Des Moines Metro Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lisette in La Rondine, and Abigail Williams in The Crucible, Opera Company of North Carolina and Mississippi Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto, Piedmont Opera as Clara in The Light in the Piazza, and Opera Theater of Connecticut as Violetta in La Traviata and Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Her roles with the New Orleans Opera include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Micaela in Carmen, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Musetta in La Bohème, Monica in The Medium, and Maria in West Side Story. Sarah Jane also performed Donna Clara, the Infanta, in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg at Bard SummerScape Festival for which Opera News wrote: “Sarah Jane McMahon laughed and danced as the glamorous Infanta, making a golden sound with an alluring light vibrato that evoked the young Pilar Lorengar.”

A summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans, and Yale University, recent concert appearances have included Christmas Concerts with The San Francisco Symphony and Shreveport Symphony, Carmina Burana at Avery Fisher Hall and with the Tulsa Opera and Ballet, the Rutter Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Knoxville Summer of 1915/Mahler 4 with the Portland Symphony and Ridgefield Symphony, Bravissimo! with the Canadian Opera Orchestra, Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler 8 with the Asheville Symphony, Gala concerts with the Sarasota Symphony and Youngstown Symphony, and Baroque concerts with Lyrica Baroque.

Sarah Jane has recorded the title role in the premiere recording of Emmerich Kalman’s Sari, available on Albany Records. She also has an album of sacred music dedicated to New Orleans and the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, a Christmas album, Night of Silence, and a newly released old standards album, Blessings and Silver Linings.