ROCKFORD IL – Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Avenue will host Rockford’s second community sing on Saturday, January 6 at 7:30 pm. The event will support Emmanuel Lutheran’s Center for Arts & Spirituality. Suggested donation is $10. There will also be a free harmony singing workshop at 2:00 pm.
Rockford area musician and performer Ron Holm will be joined by the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Mark Dvorak in a program of familiar folk songs, sing along favorites and a few other surprises too.
“The idea is to get people of all ages singing together in a social setting,” said Holm, whose career in music spans four decades. “And it seems like it’s an idea whose time has come.”
Holm performs more than 100 concerts plus over 50 church services each year. He has collaborated on stage with legendary stars like Roy Orbison, Vassar Clements and others.
“Community singing is popping up all over the place,” said Dvorak, who is artist-in-residence at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. “East Lansing, Michigan, Milwaukee, Plymouth, Indiana, Mt. Morris, Wisconsin, of course Chicago, and now Rockford. We had a wonderful turnout last year, and our voices filled the beautiful sanctuary at Emmanuel. We’re really excited to be bringing people together again,” he said.
“Mark is a consummate singer, composer, instrumentalist and author,” said Holm. “We’ve been working together on a number of Rockford area projects over the last several years. He’s a fan-favorite and is part of the new enthusiasm for community music here in Rockford.”
Other surprise guests will be part of the program, which will take place in the acoustically-superb sanctuary at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Holm and Dvorak will offer a free harmony singing workshop at 2:00 pm the afternoon of the concert. The first fifteen who attend the workshop and make an advance donation will be invited to join the cast on stage for the second half of the concert. The workshop will cover harmony singing basics, other vocal topics and serve as a loose rehearsal.
“We’re aiming to fill the room again,” said Holm. “Our hope is that this event will help bring our community together through singing, harmonizing and listening.”
For more information on the Rockford Community Sing and to make a reservation phone 815 979 1949 or 815 963 4815. Visit the Emmanuel Lutheran home page at www.elcrockford.org