Jim Meredith's Sonos Handbell Ensemble and the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra he coaches join for a free concert — but inviting contributions — in and for Lake Park United Methodist Church in Oakland on March 30 at 3 p.m.
We are doing a benefit concert for Lake Park United Methodist, the church that has so graciously given Sonos and the YMCO Choraleers rehearsal space for some time. That’s an article that needs to be written, the multitude of churches that support the arts by providing space for concerts and rehearsals for many years. Can you imagine how many struggling arts organizations' existence they have made possible?
Participating guest artists are soprano Julia Hunt Nielsen, mezzo-soprano Lisa van der Ploeg, and cellist Emil Miland in an afternoon of instrumental, choral and vocal works for soloists and ensembles, including music from Les Misérables, Bernstein's West Side Story, and Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, in addition to Sonos' signature "Sonics" and "Smirti," plus art songs and opera arias.