2013-07-25 / Lifestyles

Show tunes concert will benefit arts

Duo will perform in August to aid center

MANISTIQUE – Baritone Roger Chard and concert pianist Maurita Peterson Holland will be on hand Aug. 25 to perform show tunes at the Manistique School and Public Library. The concert will serve as a fundraiser for the Lake Effect Community Arts Center.

A Gulliver native, Holland graduated from Manistique High School and attended the University of Michigan, earning bachelors andmastersdegrees.SheisaUof M associate professor emeriti of information.

Holland is a frequent piano accompanist and performer in the Ann Arbor area, and is also active in the Detroit area Swedish- American community, playing Scandinavian music on her accordion. The musician was also a member of the Ann Arbor Adult Flute ensemble.

Retired real estate attorney Chard grew up in Lansing and attended the Michigan School for the Blind. He practiced law for more than 37 years in the Ann Arbor area. In addition to frequent performances in Ann Arbor with Holland, the baritone has soloed regularly with the Ann Arbor Cantata singers and performed with Dave Brubeck, of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in Manistique and with orchestras and choruses in Ann Arbor, Toledo, Grand Rapids, Flint and Holland. He plays the piano and the French horn as well.

“We are so appreciative of Roger and Maurita’s generosity and support for our organization,” said Lake Effect Arts President Sue Robishaw. “This is the second year in a row that they have contributed their time and immense talents to assist our fledgling arts group.”

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments and a reception with the artists. Tickets are $15 per person and available at the Mustard Seed an Lake Effect Art Gallery at Traders Point.

Non-residents may contact Giannane Perigo at (906) 283- 3431 or gperigo@uplogon.com for tickets. Seating is limited, so advance tickets are recommended.

The non-profit Lake Effect Community Arts Center was created by a group of artists and other interested residents to encourage and nurture the arts in the Schoolcraft County area. It supports and facilitates participation in visual arts, music, theater, and dance by offering classes, workshops, exhibits, public performances, sales gallery and related services. Memberships are available for $35 a year. Further information is available online at www.LakeEffectArts.org.

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