Voices to rise in Arlington to help those in need

  • Wed Oct 6th, 2010 3:14pm
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By Gale Fiege Herald Writer

ARLINGTON — Church choirs here plan to sing for other people’s suppers.

Proceeds from the “Voices Together” concert Sunday will benefit Arlington Food Bank and the Hands Together program to help people who are homeless.

Concert organizer Virginia Hatch said money raised from ticket sales also will help fund the Brown Bag Lunch Brigade on Fridays at the food bank and pay for lunches for children participating summer programs at Arlington Boys &Girls Club.

“We’re drawing on an amazing amount of talent for this concert,” Hatch said. “Arlington is a very generous place.”

With a cold, wet winter predicted this year, the Hands Together program is sure to need funding to provide emergency shelter for those who are homeless, Hatch said.

“And the needs at the food bank are not getting less,” Hatch said. “We have to be prepared.”

Last year the concert raised $4,000, and organizers are hoping for a similar fundraising effort Sunday, Hatch said.

The Arlington Arts Council and the Arlington Rotary Club are covering the costs of producing the concert, which features choirs from Arlington Free Methodist, Immaculate Conception and Our Savior’s Lutheran churches. The girls choir from Arlington’s Atonement Free Lutheran Church also is set to sing.

The concert program includes performances by flutists Paul Nyenhuis and Iris Ingram, harpist Cheryl Grohn, French horn players Bev Soler and Julie Peterson, the violin-cello duo of siblings Sarah and Aaron Hall, Jeff Nicely on harmonica and the Praise Band from Arlington United Church.

Arlington High School’s beloved choir director Lyle Forde plans to conduct the concert finale, with all musicians participating.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

Concert Sunday

Voices Together concert, 2 p.m. Sunday, Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington. Tickets, $10 tickets each or $5 each for children, are available at the door, at Flowers by George, 335 N. Olympic Ave., downtown Arlington, or by calling 360-403-1011.