PORT HADLOCK — On Sunday, Fauna Vivace will present “Music With A Mission,” a benefit concert to support, celebrate and honor the mission work of the Port Hadlock Community United Methodist Church.
The one-hour classical music concert will take place at the church at 130 Church Lane and will begin at 4 p.m.
The concert is free and open to the public and a freewill offering (suggested $10 donation) will be collected with all proceeds going directly to support a new community-based program, Recovery Café Jefferson County.
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.
A reception with light refreshments will follow the concert.
Fauna Vivace features the local duo Pamela Roberts on cello and Sheila Harwood on piano, along with visiting percussionist Howard Gilbert.
Recovery Cafe is a drug- and alcohol-free community where everyone can enjoy a sense of love and belonging, according to a press release.
Together, cafe members recover from addiction, mental illness, homelessness, trauma and other life challenges using a nationally-proven model designed to break the cycle of despair.
Recovery Cafe’s goal is to open in August at 939 Kearney St. in Port Townsend where it will offer free meals and coffee, support groups called Recovery Circles, classes in the School for Recovery, social activities, volunteer opportunities and referrals to community resources.
For more information, go to www.recoverycafejc.org.
Pastor Scott Rosekrans said he is excited about the benefit concert.
“Sheila, Pam and Howard have played for us on Sunday mornings and have brought a ‘wow’ factor to our service leaving the congregation wanting more. We’ve discovered that our recently remodeled sanctuary offers a great venue for musicians looking for a place to play and that they’d be a nice addition to our quarterly concert series that allows us to bring music to the Tri-Area and raise awareness about the needs of our community,” he said.
Roberts and Harwood co-founded Fauna Vivace with the vision of bringing classical chamber music to Jefferson County audiences.
Roberts studied cello with Eva Heinitz and Toby Saks at the University of Washington. She was faculty cellist at the University of Puget Sound and a free-lancing soloist and chamber musician in Seattle.
Harwood studied piano with Bela Siki at the University of Washington followed by advanced studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music. She began her teaching career at the university and then worked as pianist and teacher in the Seattle area.
Gilbert studied percussion with Joe Amato, principal percussionist of the Portland Symphony, and Candy Finch, drummer with Dizzy Gillespie. Gilbert became a percussionist in the Seattle Symphony and is a freelancing jazz drummer.
The concert will open with a performance of the Sonata in G major for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J.S. Bach, featuring Roberts and Harwood on cello and piano.
Compositions by Debussy, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff will be performed, as well as selections from Bartok, featuring Gilbert on percussion.
During the concert there will be a brief interlude in which information will be presented about the church’s missions.
In the press release, Rosekrans said, “The acronym for our mission effort is: S.O.D.S., Somebody Oughta Do Something. Be that somebody.
“Through outreach and local mission work we are painfully aware of the problems of substance abuse, homelessness and mental illness that we see in our community.
“We’re excited about the establishment of the Recovery Café and would love to see it expanded to the Tri-Area.
“We are hopeful that this concert will not only raise much needed funds, but will draw attention to the people all around us who we don’t see.
“We believe in finding solutions to the problem, not problems with the solution. Be that somebody.”
“Fauna Vivace is thrilled to present the Music With A Mission concert to help support the work of Port Hadlock Community United Methodist Church,” Roberts said in the press release.
She encouraged the community to, “Join us to celebrate. There is a mission to this music and you can be part of it.”
For information, contact the church at 360-385-1579.