DATE CHANGE: Concert will benefit outreach work in India |

DATE CHANGE: Concert will benefit outreach work in India

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Editor’s note: This benefit concert was advertised in the newspaper for Friday, July 17. It will take place on Sunday, July 19.

Good music for a good cause. The theme rings regularly in Grand County and will again tonight at the Church of Eternal Hills in Tabernash.

When asked what she did during her summer vacation, senior music student and Fraser local Nicole Nutting can say she helped out a lot of people. While off for the summer, Nutting has been helping to organize several musicians to join guest violinist Rachel Reese of Jackson, Miss. for a special concert tonight to benefit Peace Gospel International.

The organization is a non-profit group that works to empower the poor of India.

Working with the orphanages and helping with clean water delivery and immunizations are just the tip of the iceberg for Peace Gospel International. Nutting said she loved the kind of work they do, especially their ministry.

“They’re not just trying to throw money at a problem,” she said of the group, adding that they care for people’s physical and spiritual needs.

Nutting, who happens to attend the same school as violinist Reese (at Belhaven College), was excited when the Church of Eternal Hills agreed to host the show. She accompanies the accomplished violinist at school functions and they play in a piano trio together.

“I really enjoy playing with her,” Nutting said. “She’s very musical and helps me to make our music more musical and not just notes.”

Reese, known for her work with the Belhaven Chamber Ensemble and the Belhaven and Jackson Area Orchestra, has been an accomplished violinist for almost two decades. She attended the Kennedy Center’s Summer Music Institute on full scholarship and was awarded principal second violin in 2007.

She won second prize in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition, first prize in the Mississippi Music Teachers Association concerto division, and was chosen as the representative of the state of Mississippi in the American String Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association competitions. Currently, Reese is a junior violin performance major and, in her free time, instructs 10 violin students and substitutes in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

The event also includes performances from many locals, most of whom also teach music privately in Grand County ” mezzo-soprano singer Erin Life, Bill Schade (guitar), Jim Hoyhtya (banjo), Roger Shaw (cello) and Ella Knight (flute). Schade is set to perform a guitar solo and will also be playing with the bluegrass group Cedar Ridge Ramblers with Hoyhtya and Reese.

Nutting and Reese, who have known each other for about three years, are playing solos for the concert, part of a Brahms sonata in a piano and violin duo, and with Shaw and Knight as a quartet called “Radele’s Mourning” written by contemporary composer Joanna Kenyon.

A short DVD presentation will also be included, a program Nutting hopes will “move people to become more passionate in general … to look for something outside ourselves.”