The first Hooked on Music Series continues this fall at St. Paul’s United Church in Tillsonburg.
A series of four musical concerts, it celebrates everyone's love of music and is aimed at appealing to a variety of musical tastes. Tickets for each of the two remaining concerts are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
On Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m. the evening's entertainment will begin with locally celebrated saxophonist Nicole Kloepfer, who studied alto saxophone with Loraine Poole for six years. During that time she won many awards and scholarships from area music festivals including Brantford, Woodstock, Norfolk and London.
Kloepfer is a graduate of Waterford District High School and this month she is off to Laurier University (Brantford campus) to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration. She has performed at many church services and other functions as a soloist.
Following Kloepfer, Elvis will be in the house!
Reverend Matthew Martin, Rector at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Lucan, will entertain in the manner of Elvis Presley. Rev. Martin will stay following his performance for autographs and photo ops. To quote Rev. Martin, “Jesus transformed my life. Today I work as an Anglican priest and sing Elvis Presley music. I have a passion for protecting God's creation and animal rights.”
As his musical interests evolve, Rev. Martin is moving towards a more faith-based repertoire, so this may be one of his last 'Elvis' concerts. Be sure to get your tickets early.
Tickets may be purchased at the St. Paul's church office, or by contacting Dianne Parnell at 519-688-3280.
Please note, due to a flood at the church the main entrance ramp from the Bidwell Street / Fox Alley door is closed. You may enter through the 'Lower Fox Alley' door or the Ridout St. entrance (next to the staircase), which have stairs.
"We need to let people know that yes, we're still having our concerts, but there are some restrictions on how you can get into the church," said Mary Johnson, from St. Paul's concert committee.
"We need to advise people of that."
Limited use of the elevator may be arranged if needed to reach the concert venue, or for emergency situations. The only available washroom is on the landing between floors and is not handicap accessible.
"That (elevator) area will be under construction at that point," said Johnson, noting they anticipate renovations/construction to repair water damage, after going through the insurance process, to be underway in September.
"The flood (a pipe burst overnight) happened in early July, insurance was dealt with, the tenders were called, but they haven't been awarded yet. So construction hasn't started yet, but it will start by the beginning of September."
Hooked on Music concludes Sunday, October 16, when Jammin' in the Cabin performs at 2:30 p.m.
The four-concert series, which started in May, is a fundraiser to help improve the sound system at St. Paul's United Church.
"We encourage people to come," said Johnson, noting the first two concerts had 75-100 people in attendance, "but to be aware of the limitations."