There is so much happening musically this month in our area that I barely know where to begin!
Make Music Upper Perk’s musical friends Mega Fauna are kicking off this weekend’s “Celebrating the Creative Spirit” event taking place at Bally Mennonite Church, 1481 Route 100 in Barto, PA,. a FREE community event that showcases art, music, writing, and dance, on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The free concert by Mega Fauna begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.
The Celebration in Bally continues on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.;
From the moment you enter through the imaginative eyes of Tim Longacre to enjoying refreshments in the Sidewalk Cafe by Martha Kratz, you will see and hear the creative Spirit among us.
Artists and artisans from the Bally area will join Bally Mennonite Church professionals such as potter Roy Yoder, photographer Gordon Groff, weaver Tonya Jones, and artist/author Julie Longacre in displaying a variety of paintings, pastels, pottery, photographs, weaving, wood work, quilts, fly-tying, needlework, fabric art, and children’s art. Some items will be for sale.
In the sanctuary, guests may come and go to view quilts and listen to local professional and amateur musicians, including Duane Hershberger and Gene Galligan, among others who will be performing in a variety of styles: inspirational, show tunes, blues, folk, eclectic, classical, jazz, and country.
Featured authors will include Yvonne Bleam, author of the children’s book, A-Z OF BEING THE BEST LEADER YOU CAN BE, Catherine Richter, artist/author of BUTTERFLIES & BEASTINGS, and artist/illustrator Martha Cawley.
The Valley Choral Society is performing John Rutter’s Requiem, with a sixteen piece orchestra, on Saturday evening, May 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sumneytown, PA and on Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA. The Requiem is a musical setting of parts of the Latin Requiem Mass with added psalms in English. Both concerts are free, though a free will offering will be collected during intermission.
May Arts Week is celebrated every year at Upper Perkiomen School District with a week’s worth of concerts and an art show in the high school auditorium lobby and in the high school gymnasium, featuring artwork by students in grades K-12. The Elementary and Middle School Band Concert starts things off on Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, it’s time for the Elementary and Middle School Chorus Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Next up is the Elementary and Middle School Orchestra Spring Concert on Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 p.m.) with the Upper Perkiomen High School Orchestra and Band Spring Concert closing out the week with their performances on Friday, May 12, 2017 (7 p.m.) The Art Displays may be seen between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday evening next week (May 9-12). All concerts are held in the auditorium at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA.
Wings of Hope: Arts in the Park is on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2pm-8pm in Boyertown Community Park, Spaatz Pavilion, 417 South Madison Street, Boyertown, PA. The fundraising event features live music and performances, food trucks, local artisans, and children’s activities. The $5 admission fee benefits families impacted by cancer. Wings of Hope is a local non-profit “uniting families impacted by cancer” and fundraising to fight the disease.
The Red Hill Band’s 117th Annual Spring Concert will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA.
I may have missed a concert or two, so be sure and check back later this month!