Down Art Avenue: Two Jacksonville musicians perform in concert at FUMC
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Jacksonville News
A program of classics in music will be presented this Sunday at Anniston First United Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m. The Classics continue a tradition started at the church five years ago that showcases the talents of the church’s members, including two from Jacksonville. The concert will include instrumental solos on flute, bassoon, guitar, organ, percussion and piano.

Michael Ervin, who is a music major at Jacksonville State University, will be singing “Soupir” by French composer Henri Duparc. Ervin is worship leader at FUMC. Snelling will be playing a piece by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-lobos. This composer has been described as “the single most significant Latin American composer to date,” according to Internet sources. His music was influenced by Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition.

Snelling composes music for the church orchestra as well as the JSU University/Community Orchestra. She also plays viola and bass fiddle with the JSU University/ Community Orchestra.

The Hometown Classics was started five years ago when a few of the musicians at the church realized that they needed challenges for their personal advancement in their music, according to Kathy Murphy, Director of Music Ministries at FUMC. This year the concert will be in memory of Sara Collins, who was active for many years in the church, notably with the Wesley Bells and The Chancel Choir.

To pay special tribute to her achievements, the Chancel Choir will open the concert with John Rutter’s “The Lord is My Shepherd” from his “Requiem” with James Roberts at the organ; Ethan Owens will provide oboe accompaniment.

The concert is at 2:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited.
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