Lawrence students to perform benefit concert for charity

Nick Siegel

Students from the Lawrence Conservatory will perform an all Bach benefit concert entitled “A Musical Offering” on Monday April 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church. The first half of the all student program begins with an organ prelude performed by Kevin Donnelly followed by a concerto for two harpsichords and string orchestra featuring Andrew Cashner and Jim James. Katie Reimer will be conducting this work. Following the intermission the orchestra will add winds and singers to perform five recitatives and arias from the Saint Matthew Passion. This work will feature conducting from Katherine Moore and solos from Jessica Bozeman, Andria Helm, Recardo Lesperance, Jonathan Silvia, and Xavier Pleindoux. The Saint Matthew Passion is typically performed during Lent, thus this was an appropriate choice for the student ensemble.

The concert will benefit the local charity LEAVEN, a non-profit organization that provides basic needs, such as housing and food, to people in the Fox Valley. All proceeds from the concert will go toward the organization. According to Cashner this concert is a worthy event because “it’s great music and it’s for charity.