Summer Sunday Concerts

By Jeff Eason (eason@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jun. 27, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 27, 2013
Summer Sunday Concerts

Raleigh-based singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly will perform at St. John’s Church in Valle Crucis on
July 7. The concert is free.
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For the past few years, the Sunday concert series at St. John’s Episcopal Church has been a paid event, with adult tickets costing $10 apiece.

This year, thanks to a generous benefactor, the concerts are free for everyone.

The concert series will present a free show at the church on the first Sunday of the month in June, July, August and September.

“The 2013 season kicked off with the annual presentation of ‘Singin’ in the Valle’ by the vocal and handbell choirs of the Church of the Holy Cross and also featured the talents of several of its members, as well,” said Lynne Thomson, organizer of the event. “All who attended joined in to sing familiar mountain gospel hymns.”

According to Thomson, St. John’s Episcopal Church was built during the Civil War and is a summer mission of the Church of the Holy Cross.

“This charming wooden structure is acoustically perfect, making it an ideal setting for music,” Thomson said. “Following each concert, attendees gather on the lawn for a shared picnic and an opportunity to meet and chat with our guest musicians.”

The next concert in the series will feature North Carolina singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly. She will perform at the church at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. Jolly’s style is the result of her classical training, mixed with her love of folk and Americana music. Jolly’s latest album, “Angels,” debuted in the Top 15 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart.
The New River Brass Ensemble, a quartet of faculty members from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music and its School of Brass Studies, will perform at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4.

The group will take listeners on a journey through four centuries of classics, as they perform works by Bach, Gabrieli, Ewald, Gershwin, Duke Ellington and even the Beatles.

The final concert of the season will feature the principal choir from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Columbia, S.C. This 12-voice ensemble thrills audiences with its a cappella singing, displaying incredible range and control.

“For the past two seasons, this amazing group of voices, led by cannon organist and choirmaster of the cathedral, Jared Johnson, has enthralled a packed house and will no doubt do it again,” Thomson said. “It is a concert that is surely not to be missed.”

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 645 Herb Thomas Road, off Mast Gap Road in Valle Crucis. For more information, call (828) 963-4609.

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