St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will be alive with the sound of music this weekend.
Not only will two concerts be entertaining, funds raised by admission donations will be used to support women and children in distress.
The church has hosted a benefit concert in aid of the SAFE Society’s women’s shelter for several years.
This year Andrew Stoney, the church’s musical director, has invited many of his talented musical friends and associates.
The concert features musicians from Salmon Arm as well as guests from the Okanagan.
The program presents a variety of styles of music including: concert piano and instrumental pieces, soloists singing show tunes and inspirational songs, and folksy vocals, fiddle tunes and jazz.
For the gala the church is decorated with the trees and flowers of spring to provide a festive atmosphere.
The event has been well-received and people have been generous with their donations, which have all been passed on to the SAFE Society, says Rev. Woldy Sosnowsky.
The concert is supported by a grant from the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
“In past years the concert was held on a single night,” says Sosnowsky. “This year we have decided to add a second concert, a Sunday afternoon matinee – a Tea Garden Concert.
The church will be decorated and patio furniture will be added to allow for tea, coffee and confection service.
“Invitations have been sent out to the retirement homes and care centres in Salmon Arm with the hope that people who are often housebound can get out and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful music and a cup of tea or coffee with a sweet,” Sosnowsky says.
“Of course, the general public is welcome at both events.”
Salmon Arm Grand Concert/Gala to benefit the SAFE Society takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at 1981 Ninth Ave NE.
Admission is by donation.