'An Evening of Music' next weekend

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Nov. 01, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

As rehearsals make their way from Memorial United Methodist Church to the Finch Auditorium, a cast of more than 75 people are set to begin what they call Finch Week.

Preparations are for a pair of performances, as Novant Health Foundation Thomasville Medical Center will host the 31st annual "An Evening of Music" on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10 at Finch Auditorium. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

In Act I, the musical extravaganza features tunes which honor American values. Music in Act II will ring in the holiday season.

"The performers have practiced since early September in preparation," said Susan Reece, executive director of the Foundation. "Both the adult and children’s chorus members are comprised of talented individuals from across the Triad."

An Evening of Music is directed by Don Dykhoff and produced by Tom Holladay of the Lamplighters. Narrated by retired radio personality Max Meeks, the group of musicians are a motley crew of volunteers who simply enjoy singing. The children's chorus is directed by Scarlett Wallace.

"My whole life has been defined musically," Halladay said. "It's just an exercise of enjoyment to be with these fine people. We have one professional musician. Scott Huffman makes his living doing it. Other than that, everyone else is a shower singer."

Selections from the show include "Bound for the Promise Land," "The Promise," "God Bless America," "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," "One Tin Soldier," "Daddy Sang Bass," and "Home for the Holidays."

Funds raised from the event assist the Foundation in their mission to support the hospital to meet the health of the community one person at a time.

"The real reason we do it is to support the Foundation of the hospital," said Halladay. "It does a huge amount of work in the town, and this is one of the ways they can do this."

Reece cited examples on how the Foundation provides for the community "one person at a time."

Among the examples of those assisted by the foundation were an uninsured patient about to be discharged from the hospital with no means to purchase medication, patients who are going through cancer treatment and hospital personnel seeking to provide patients with the most up-to-date medical care. Each received medication, nutritional supplements and scholarships, respectively.

Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. They are available online at thomasvillemedicalcenter.org/eveningofmusic and at the box office the day of the event. Other ticket locations include Bank of North Carolina, NewBridge Bank, Avis Jewelers and First Bank in Thomasville and chambers of commerce in Thomasville, Lexington and Archdale-Trinity.

Finch Auditorium is located at 406 Unity St. in Thomasville. For more information on this Novant Health Foundation Thomasville Medical Center event or to purchase a ticket, call 476-2881 or 474-7957.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.