First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, will host their annual fund raising concert for Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families on Sunday, August 25, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., in the church sanctuary, located at 26 Church Street, Franklin. Admission is free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken for Black Mountain Home.
Director of Music for First Presbyterian, Anne Tauber, reports this is the tenth year the church has organized a summer concert to help raise funds for, and awareness about the not-for-profit Western North Carolina facility, near Asheville, that serves abused, abandoned, and neglected children.
Begun in 1904 by Presbyterian minister, Robert Perry Smith, Black Mountain Home originally served only as an orphanage for Appalachian children whose parents had died, or disappeared. More than a century later, the 90-acre campus provides care for children from birth to college graduation through family foster care, residential care, transitional living, and independent living facilities.
According to Ms. Tauber, this year’s concert will feature music to “make you smile,” and offer a sampling from classical to comic, “with a bit of gospel added to the mix, as an opening to the concert, The Carolines, a choral group directed by Beverly Barnett, will perform “Another Opening, Another Show,” the 1949 song by Cole Porter, from the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Kiss Me Kate. Following, Arthea Brimmer, on piano, will join Ms. Tauber, on organ, for a humorous tribute to P.D.Q. Bach, the fictional twentieth son of J.S. Bach. Other musicians participating in the concert are Men Macon Music; The Vintage Singers, featuring Linda Beal, Carolyn Kidd, Beverly Barnett, and Jacqueline Groover; the acappella group, Ubuntu; C Square with Bobbie Contino and Lionel Caynon; Macon Harmony; Hilltop Singers; The Chapel Band; and The Chancel Choir.
The community is warmly invited to the concert, and to the reception following in Tartan Hall.