Church Lady: Voices lifted – Musical moments in Marco's houses of worship

Musical moments in Marco's houses of worship

Naples Harp Ensemble poses for pictures at the conclusion of St. Markís Episcopal Churchís Friends of Music Harp Concert on Jan 20.  The ensemble is under the direction of Dickie Fleisher, center. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

Naples Harp Ensemble poses for pictures at the conclusion of St. Markís Episcopal Churchís Friends of Music Harp Concert on Jan 20. The ensemble is under the direction of Dickie Fleisher, center. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

The Soulíd Out Quartet, keyboardist Michael Howard, left, tenor Dusty Barrett, manager Matt Rankin, baritone Bryan Hutson and bass Ian Owens gave a gospel concert at Capri Christian Church on Jan. 19. The church hopes to have them return next year.

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

The Soulíd Out Quartet, keyboardist Michael Howard, left, tenor Dusty Barrett, manager Matt Rankin, baritone Bryan Hutson and bass Ian Owens gave a gospel concert at Capri Christian Church on Jan. 19. The church hopes to have them return next year.

The audience gives pianist Dino Kartsonakis a standing ovation at the conclusion of his Jan. 20 concert at New Life Community Church.  He has won eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

The audience gives pianist Dino Kartsonakis a standing ovation at the conclusion of his Jan. 20 concert at New Life Community Church. He has won eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Christian pianist Dino Kartsonakis gave a concert on Jan. 20 at New Life Community Church. He will host a concert at Carnegie Hall honoring Israel with Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Robert Stearns, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra and the Manhattan Pop Orchestra.

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

Christian pianist Dino Kartsonakis gave a concert on Jan. 20 at New Life Community Church. He will host a concert at Carnegie Hall honoring Israel with Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Robert Stearns, the Philadelphia Boys Choir, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra and the Manhattan Pop Orchestra.

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Naples Harp Ensemble member Theresa Majewski, 9, demonstrates her technique at the conclusion of St. Mark's Episcopal Church's Friends of Music Harp Concert on Jan 20.  The Harp Ensemble includes members of all ages and abilities.

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Kathleen Tuttle/Eagle Correspondent (5) Naples Harp Ensemble member Theresa Majewski, 9, demonstrates her technique at the conclusion of St. Mark's Episcopal Church's Friends of Music Harp Concert on Jan 20. The Harp Ensemble includes members of all ages and abilities.

Marco Presbyterian Churchís Music Director Marv Hollenbeck gave a concert on Jan. 20.  The concert was the first of the churchís Music for the Soul Concert Series, now in its eighth year. 
 /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

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Marco Presbyterian Churchís Music Director Marv Hollenbeck gave a concert on Jan. 20. The concert was the first of the churchís Music for the Soul Concert Series, now in its eighth year. /Kathleen Tuttle Special to the Eagle

Marco Presbyterian Church's Music Director Marv Hollenbeck introduces his salute to America and the armed forces at his Music for the Soul concert on Jan. 20. He has been involved in church ministry for his entire career.

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Marco Presbyterian Church's Music Director Marv Hollenbeck introduces his salute to America and the armed forces at his Music for the Soul concert on Jan. 20. He has been involved in church ministry for his entire career.

The audience erupts in spontaneous applause at the conclusion of Capri Christian Church's sold out concert on Jan. 19.

Photo by Kathleen G. Tuttle

The audience erupts in spontaneous applause at the conclusion of Capri Christian Church's sold out concert on Jan. 19.

"I feel so blessed to live in a place like Marco Island where we can attend free concerts." These words, spoken by St. Mark's Episcopal Church member Liz Doyle were echoed by many the weekend of Jan. 26.

The uplifting musical weekend was one of packed churches, standing ovations, bravos, amens and tears of joy.

Soul'd Out, a gospel quartet headquartered in Ohio, returned to Capri Christian Church. And if you missed them Pastor Steven Dawes, Capri's associate/music pastor hopes to bring them back again next year.

New to the group was Ian Owens, bass, formally of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. The exuberant group embodied the luscious harmonies that are associated with gospel quartets. Each member had the opportunity to showcase his talent. Spontaneous applause erupted when tenor Dusty Barrett hit high notes that sent shivers down everyone's spine. Gospel pianist Michael Howard's hands flew across the keyboard as the delighted audience clapped along with him. Owen's rendition of "The Old Rugged Cross" lead to the first of many standing ovations. His deep notes made hearts skip a beat.

Amidst the showmanship and repartee between members was love; a love and thankfulness to Jesus. Who knew church could be such fun?

"If you can't be moved by these guys you can't be moved," said Lee DeMaris after the concert. "They brought tears to my eyes a couple of times." His son Randy DeMaris saw the group last year and drove down from Bonita Springs to see them again.

If you missed Soul'd Out and love gospel music the Hyssongs will be at Wesley United Methodist Church on Feb. 17. The family group blends brass instruments into their vocal harmonies and humor.

The harp concert at St. Mark's was the second of their 2012-2013 Friend's of Music Concerts. The concert included harpists of varying levels from a nine-year-old novice to accomplished professionals. Although the music was secular, the intimate setting with a golden cross peaking out over the musicians, added a touch of serenity. There was no amplification; the sound was pure. The Kellyn Celtic Dancers added another dimension to the concert as they danced to three selections.

The music ranged from Blue Tango with the Stewart Family Violins to challenging pieces from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. There was even a nod to the Beach Boy's Good Vibrations. The concert ended with a rousing 1812 Overture; something one would never anticipate at a harp concert and of course a standing ovation.

For many the concert's highlight was 12-year-old soprano Zofia Majewski's Ave Maria.

"Although it is a struggle sometimes to get all the notes and the pedals, when I'm at the harp, a sense of peace comes over me," said Marco Islander and Harp Ensemble member Carolyn Katchmar.

If you missed this harp concert, San Marco Catholic Church will once again host Martha Gallagher's one-woman "Wild Harp and Winged Heart" show on Feb. 16. She blends folksy tales of family and friends with a polished performance of original songs and arrangements including classical, blues, jazz and rock.

Additional Friends of Music Concerts are as follows: Feb. 10, Epiphany Concert – Festival Evensong featuring Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in E Major by Leo Sowerby; March 3, Lenten Concert – J. S. Bach's The Passion According to St. John with Naples' Bach Ensemble; March 10, Requiem Sunday – A Celebration of Life with the St. Mark's featuring movements from Requiem by W. A. Mozart; and April 14, Friends of Music Catered Dinner and Chamber Concert, featuring The Rauschenberg Quartet.

Another opportunity for classical music will be at Wesley United Methodist Church. They will host the Naples Philharmonic 8 p.m., Feb. 27 and March 8. Tickets and information are available at the Philharmonic website or by calling them 597-1900. The church will once again host Naples Orchestra and Chorus' Seven Last Words of Christ on March 24.

Jan. 20 also featured piano concerts at the Marco Presbyterian and New Life churches. Like the quartet and harp concerts both concerts included original arrangements. Marco Presbyterian Church's Music Director, Marv Hollenbeck's, stylings were based on Colossians 3:16, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

The Rev. William Lyle invited everyone to ride Hollenbeck's coattails into the heavenly realm. The selections ranged from familiar hymns to a salute to America and our armed forces to gospel favorites. The concert concluded with tenor Dick Bell singing Malotte's Lord's Prayer. The familiar hymns and songs were a source of comfort and peace to those attending.

The concert was the first in the church's Music for the Soul concert series. Upcoming concerts will feature contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and recording artist Nathan Clark George on the guitar on Feb. 17. Hollenbeck will return on March 10 with Babs Hillenbrand, organ and Sandy and John Stein, flute and piano.

Both piano concerts acknowledged our veterans and our country. Dino Kartsonakis, a Christian concert pianist who is known professionally as Dino, played at New Life last year and the church hopes to have him back again. He moved seamlessly from God Bless America to familiar hymns to show tunes. The audience frequently sang along. Dino has played in Radio City Music Hall and from Japan to Israel. He is planning an April 11 concert in Carnegie Hall to honor Israel.

Dino asked the audience who came the furthest to the concert. Desiree Ljucovic from Long Island, New York raised her hand. Last year she was sitting alone in her darkened bedroom grieving her mother's death when her aunt, New Life member Denise Goldman, called and said listen to this; we are really blessed. At that point Ljucovic began to heal and knew if Dino ever returned she wanted to be there.

The evenings ended when Dino's wife Cheryl came up and lead a prayer for healing for those in attendance. "It takes the same amount of faith to accept a healing as it does to accept our salvation," she said.

Marco Lutheran Church will host several secular events. New this year is the Senior Prom on Feb. 14, a gala event combining fine dining, dancing and entertainment. Naples big band the Music Makers will perform.

Their annual Artist Series continues as follows: Feb. 19, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band; March 5, Harry James and The Andrew Sisters Tribute; and March 18 comedian John Charles.

On Feb. 16 Frank Messina, Ph.D. will lead an entertaining and enlightening Christian Workshop entitled Outreach through the Arts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a free luncheon provided. The workshop focuses on using music, visual arts, dance and drama.

Watch for details in the Faith Briefs for opportunities to be blessed and uplifted.

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