A concert for these troubled times: Cantabile to present ‘Songs of Hope and Peace’ in Wilmington


Cantabile to present ‘Songs of Hope and Peace’

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Seth Parshall, standing at right, directs the choir Cantabile during rehearsal on March 20. Standing at left are Bekah Muchmore Wall and Matt Purkey.

Seth Parshall, standing at right, directs the choir Cantabile during rehearsal on March 20. Standing at left are Bekah Muchmore Wall and Matt Purkey.


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WILMINGTON — The members of Cantabile invite the community to join them for an evening of “Songs of Hope and Peace” this Sunday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church.

“Coming together in this moment, and with this particular musical message, was almost instinctive for many of our members,” said Seth Parshall, director.

“I’m proud of the group for working hard to make it possible to host this evening for the community so quickly,” Parshall added.

Although the group has only rehearsed together twice since a holiday concert in December, it is made up of strong musicians who share a deep catalog of pieces with which they were already familiar.

The concert will include solos and choral pieces, interspersed with short readings.

“The source of some of the readings may surprise the audience,” said Parshall, “but they all speak to peace and hope in some manner.”

Soloists include Jennifer Burgess, Pat Ilg, Matt Purkey, Bekah Muchmore Wall, Sue Reynolds, and Mary Rizzardi. The group will be accompanied by Karen Miller.

The concert is free of charge, with seating available on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Wilmington United Methodist Church is located downtown at 50 East Locust Street.

Cantabile was established in 2013 by the late Steven Haines. Cantabile (pronounced kaan-taa-bee-lay, from the Italian music term meaning “in a smooth singing style”) is a gathering of voices from all around Clinton County and beyond that has come together for the sole purpose of making music together.

Seth Parshall, standing at right, directs the choir Cantabile during rehearsal on March 20. Standing at left are Bekah Muchmore Wall and Matt Purkey.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/03/web1_Parshall_c.jpgSeth Parshall, standing at right, directs the choir Cantabile during rehearsal on March 20. Standing at left are Bekah Muchmore Wall and Matt Purkey. Submitted photo
Cantabile to present ‘Songs of Hope and Peace’

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