Anne McNair, the director of music at First Presbyterian Church, will tell you that the church’s Music with a Mission series presents concerts with the same high caliber of musical performance Savannah audiences pay for throughout the year at different festivals and events, but with one difference: “We offer them for free.”
The final concert for the sixth season of Music with a Mission concerts will be at 5 p.m. March 10. The concert is free and open to the public.
This concert will benefit Abilities Unlimited, a local nonprofit offering exercise and functional fitness for individuals with physical impairments. An offering will take place during the concert for anyone who would like to contribute to the mission to support this local charity.
McNair says the concert will feature a variety of music with selections from Gershwin, Bach, Handel and even Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody," to name a few.
“Each concert has featured musicians, so this time we have Randall Sheets, an organist, along with trumpeter Chuck Seipp, and they are from Arlington National Cemetery,” McNair said. “One part of the program that is exciting, they will play some patriotic music and we’ll display photos on the screen during this time along with slides of Arlington National Cemetery.
“Our mission partner for this concert is Abilities Unlimited and they also serve disabled veterans, so we feel the patriotic showcase will tie together with that group.”
McNair adds that representatives from Abilities Unlimited will be at the event to talk about their nonprofit with the audience.
“We do four concerts each season and with each concert is paired with a local nonprofit. So far, we’ve been able to raise about $1,500 to $2,000 with each concert. And through this process, it’s been very eye-opening to see how many great nonprofits we have in our community.”
She also said that members of the church donate the money to bring the musicians to Savannah in order to provide this free event to the community.
“We have had wonderful support from the community and this is a wonderful way to give back through music.”