Park City Treble Makers will sing for children’s sake
Concert will benefit Justice Center
May 30, 2017
Park City Treble Makers are ready to make some music.
The 16-member. all-female a cappella group will officially start its fifth season with its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at the Park City Community Church. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The concert will feature a mix of Broadway show tunes, pop, folk, traditional and classical works, said director Shelle Jennings during a joint Park Record interview with singers Renee Mox Hall, Janet Fine and Colleen Earnshaw.
"We will do two Irish works: 'Danny Boy' and 'Loch Lomond' and a cute arrangement of the children's song, 'I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,'" Jenning said. "It's really funny."
The choir will also sing three lullabies: Kurt Bestor's "A Prayer for the Children," Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" and a traditional work, "All Through the Night," which is sometimes known as "Sleep My Child."
The children's theme emerged after the Park City Treble Makers' board of directors decided the donations from this year's concert would be given to the Children's
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"For the past three years, we have given donations to Peace House," Jennings said. "This year, our board has decided to give donations to the Children's Justice Center.
So, once that decision was made, plugging in 'A Prayer for the Children' made sense."
The song, which was originally recorded in a cappella through multi tracks by Bestor, has taken on a deeper significance the Park City Treble Makers.
"The song addresses children in a whole lot of hurt, and it is really meaningful to me," Jennings said, silently referring to the recent student suicides in the community over the past six months.
The addition of the two other lullabies were also fitting, Mox Hall said.
"Since the songs were chosen with the charity in mind, I think maybe somehow or another we were being guided," she said. "Our thoughts were leaning toward the benefit of children as we approached this season."
The Children's Justice Center wants to build a new campus that will become a "comprehensive, multi-disciplinary response to child abuse delivered by specialized pediatric providers, law-enforcement and child-support services in a nurturing child-focused environment," according to its website.
"Presently there are in a very cramped space, or so I'm told," Mox Hall said. "So, they need a facility that will allow staffers to address these issues.
"I didn't not realize that one in six boys and one of four girls will become victims of child abuse and this is something that needs to be addressed."
The Children's Justice Center administration was happy to hear the Park City Treble Makers would be donating to their cause, Fine said.
"The Children's Justice Center shared our Facebook post about the concert, and they are thrilled that we are going to donate to them," she said. "This is such a philanthropic community overall, and our mission as a group is to give back to the community."
The concert will also feature a special number performed by Jennings and violinist Patricia "Patti" Toth Mayo.
"Patti is going to move back to her hometown, Budapest, Hungary," Jennings said. "So asked her if she would do something special. So we are going to do a number after intermission. She is a wonderful violinist and Park City will be sadder in her absence."
Jennings is also grateful to the Park City Community Church for allowing the group to perform in the venue.
"Pastor Tracy Hausman has been so generous," Jennings said. "The church has waived the rental for exchange of our singing at their worship services. We are indebted to them for that."
Fine added the group is also thankful for the grants it has received from the Park City Rotary and Sunrise Rotary.
"These grants have allowed us to continue to bring music to the community," she said. "
In addition to the Park City Community Church concert, the Park City Treble Makers will continue the season by singing for the Park City Athenaeum, which is formerly the Girls Athenaeum on June 5.
"We will sing for the first time at the Rocky Mountain Care facility in Heber on June 29 and then we'll go sing at Abbington Senior Living later that same day," Jennings said.
Jennings said these opportunities are ways for the Park City Treble Makers to show their appreciation the community.
"We don't have a whole lot of money because our endeavor is not a money-making concern," she said. "Most of the work we do is for nonprofits to help with their celebrations, parties and fundraisers. So it's all about giving back."
Park City Treble Makers will present its fourth annual spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, at Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
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