Union Street Church gets $1,700 from 7-act Gospel Extravaganza Organizer to use money to buy piano

November 05, 1995|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Gospel Extravaganza has generated good news for Union Street Methodist Church. The $1,700 proceeds from the Oct. 28 concert will buy a new piano for the Westminster church.

"I am going shopping this week with the choir director," said Larry Brumfield, concert organizer and president of the church's choirs.

The shoppers hope the new piano will be installed in time for services today.

More than 220 people heard seven acts, many with ties to Union Street Church, perform traditional and modern gospel tunes during the concert at Western Maryland College.

"For a first effort, we had a wonderful turnout," said Mr. Brumfield. "And, we have had a lot of positive feedback since."

Common Ground, a music and arts center based at the college, sponsored the event "to celebrate commonality," said Walt Michael, the center's director. In the spring, Mr. Michael hopes to repeat the event, which he called "a great step toward community-building."

"It was an uplifting, hopeful concert, which flies in the face of the recent portrayals of deep division between black and white America," Mr. Michael said.

The church will dedicate the piano at its 11 a.m. service Nov. 12. Mr. Brumfield has invited Mr. Michael to join the celebration.

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