Altus First Presbyterian Church again is hosting a free musical concert called “Sunday Afternoon Music” (SAM) at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, in the church sanctuary. The First Presbyterian Church, the church with the red roof, is located at 208 East Cypress, just north of the City Auditorium.
The program with the theme, “Fall Round-Up, Arts on the Prairie,” is not a country and western musical concert but rather a mixture of classical, Broadway and movie—including spooky Alfred Hitchcock, etc.—from Bach to John Williams, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Gershwin with a mixture of vocal and instrumental music.
The concert is presented by area musicians from various Altus churches and by current and former members of MacDowell Club of Allied Arts. Many of the performers have degrees in music and serve as area school music teachers, band directors, church pianists, choir directors, organists, former orchestra members, and church/community musicians in addition to regular careers. The number of musicians has increased by five since the previous SAM concert. Performers range in age from an Altus High School senior to the working, the retired and the almost retired. Participants include the new performers—Hannah Evans, AHS senior, and Martha Bullington Miller—as well as regulars in previous SAM concerts: the Honorable Clark Huey, Donna Tucker, Patricia Smith, Dr. David Huey, Kittie Huey, Monte Clason, Russell Weber, Connie McQuinn, Mike McQuinn, Shaun Connally, Eddie Biddy, Manda Stephens, Tal Oden, Edie Lazenby and Catherine Coke.
“Music is a vital part of our daily lives, from the ringtone on cell phones, to background music for restaurants and movies. Music is emotion, be it gospel, Broadway, classical, country, jazz or rock ‘n’ roll. Altus has many talented musicians and the arts are alive and well in the short grass prairie of Jackson County. With the onset of fall, it is time to have a musical round-up,” said Catherine Coke, SAM co-organizer.
The public is invited to attend the free concert. After the concert, refreshments will be served in the church’s Gathering Room off the sanctuary. “Come and enjoy the calming medicine of music,” Coke said.