WEEKEND: Sunday concert in Port Townsend to help support orphaned Ugandan children
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Marley Erickson, 11, is among the young players in Port Townsend’s benefit concert this Sunday for orphans in Uganda.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — A little Mozart, a little Jason Mraz, Maurice Ravel and Edouard Lalo: A range of songs will fill Grace Lutheran Church at 4 p.m. this Sunday for the annual concert to support orphaned children in Uganda.

Tickets are $12 at the door of Grace Lutheran, 1120 Walker St.

Lisa Lanza, the pianist who puts together this concert every spring, promises the cream of Port Townsend's young musicians alongside some of their equally talented elders. On the program: Ravel's “Jeux d'Eau,” the overture from Mozart's “Marriage of Figaro,” Lalo's Cello Concerto in D and David Popper's “Tarantella.”

Impressive performance

That last piece will be played by Adlai Erickson, who earlier this year, at age 8, impressed the Port Angeles Symphony's Junior Young Artists Competition judges with his performance.

Adlai's older sister, Marley, 11, won that competition, and now she's back up on stage to offer “The Furies” from Eugene Ysaye's “Obsession” Sonata No. 2.

Bit of pop

Juniper Dunlap, a ukulelist and singer, will bring Mraz's “I'm Lucky,” Port Townsend High School student Ciel Pope will sing the title song from “The Sound of Music,” and Diana Bond will offer Harold Arlen's “Over the Rainbow.”

Bella Jack, an ensemble composed of Jim and Ali McMahon, Warren Smith and Jeni Little, will add Michael McDonald's “Eyes of a Child” along with Brewer and Shipley's “Merciful Love” to Sunday afternoon's mix.

All City Choir

Then comes the All City Choir, led by Marj Iuro with “He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother” and the Summertime Singers and director Colleen Johnson with “Ain't Got Time to Die.”

Altogether, “we'll have 25 to 30 singers,” said Lanza. She will play the Ravel piece solo and join pianist Leslie Lewis for Mozart's “Figaro.”

Also taking part in Sunday's concert are bass-baritone Blaine Lewis, mezzo-soprano Clare Forbes, soprano Hannah Hockett and cellist Madelyn Kowalski.

Proceeds will help a group of children in remote Uganda. These kids, Lanza noted, are able to attend school thanks to the support that comes from Port Townsend.

The spring concert raised about $2,000 last year, she said.

For more information about the fundraiser, phone 360-385-1595.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 22. 2014 4:34PM
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