Source: The Herald
By: Gary Puleo
WHITPAIN>>A diverse batch of tunes ranging from the timeless Carole King songbook to the poignant 1957 Broadway musical “West Side Story” offers the students of High Note Vocals Voice Studio a chance to shine while raising money for another worthy cause Sunday.
A fundraising concert for Manna on Main Street, the latest in a string of benefactors supported by the Lansdale vocal school, will kick off at 4 p.m. at Boehm’s United Church of Christ, 571 Pennlyn-Blue Bell Pike, Blue Bell.
The concert is free but donations are encouraged.
Performers will include Liberty Ayres; Jay Bontempo; Amelia Copenhaver; Jacky Landers; Alanis Lopez; Connie Minnig; Peter Paznokas; Sheri Paznokas; Jada Ruzek; Ruth Sigler; Amanda Weikel and Marie Molinari-Hagner, owner of High Note Vocals Voice Studio, who has trained all the aforementioned vocalists.
“As a teacher I know how hard it is for performers to find venues, and that’s why we do these concerts, to give them a chance to get in front of a live audience,” noted Hagner, a veteran of stages in the U.S. and Europe, including, most recently, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Adding in a charitable component from the outset made a lot of sense to Hagner, who has performed with Opera International in concert and with September Chamber Opera Troupe in “Gianni Schicchi,” “Falstaff” and “Hansel and Gretel.”
Previous beneficiaries of High Note concerts have included Manna on Main Street; Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; Laurel House; Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue, Ride 2 Recovery and Wounded Warrior Patrol.
“It was a good opportunity to give back to the community,” Hagner said.
Sunday’s concert will feature Paige Harker of Manna on Main Street speaking about the Lansdale-based food pantry and continuing a long tradition of appearances by representatives from every benefiting organization to raise awareness for their causes.
Hagner praised the folks at Boehm’s United Church of Christ, of which she is a member, for providing the venue these many years.
“The administration and the congregation are very supportive of what I do,” she noted.
For more information, visit www.highnote vocals.com.