Hospice of the Piedmont is pleased to present its second annual fundraising concert to benefit its “Music by the Bedside” program, which provides personalized, soothing live music tailored to the needs of hospice patients and their caregivers. This year’s fundraising concert will feature nine of the area’s most talented musicians performing selections that range from Bach and Puccini to popular and Celtic favorites. Among the performers are noted soprano Pamela Beasley, flutist Angela Kelly, violinist Daniel Sender, accompanied by his wife Shelby Sender, cellist Adam Carter, and harpists Virginia Schweninger, Quinn Egner, Kris Cushman, and Kate Tamarkin. Highlights of the evening will include Ms. Beasley singing Puccini’s lovely “O mio babbino caro,” harpist Quinn Egner performing Glinka’s evocative “Nocturne in E Flat Major,” violinist Daniel Sender’s virtuosic interpretation of Kreisler’s “Praeludium and Allegro”, and cellist Adam Carter performing Rachmaninoff’s timeless “Vocalise.”
Audience-goers who attended last year’s concert raved about the excellence and musical variety of the program. "The most meaningful aspect of the ‘Music by the Bedside’ concert to us was seeing our own community's gifted musicians giving their time and talent to a most worthy endeavor, Hospice of the Piedmont. The combination of exquisite music and the transcending purpose it serves in bringing comfort and solace is powerful," said audience member Joyce Seibert.
The concert takes place Saturday, November 1, at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 500 Park Street in Charlottesville. Donations are gratefully accepted at the door, $30 suggested donation for adults and $15 for students.