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BACH to hold Habitat for Humanity Benefit
« on: Jun 22nd, 2006, 11:14pm »
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For Immediate Release
June 18, 2006
Media Contact: Sarah Scott
Sunday, June 25, 2006 @ 7:30pm
First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy
1602 N. Prospect Ave., Savoy
The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH) is proud to present How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place, a concert by the BACH chorus to benefit and honor the important work of Habitat for Humanity. Featured in the program will be anthems and hymns that celebrate an earthly home and hopes for a home in heaven. The audience is invited to participate in this concert, co-sponsored by First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy.
Proceeds of the concert will go to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, an international, nonprofit housing organization, working in partnership with families in need of shelter to build decent, affordable homes in the U.S. and around the world.
During the concert, BACH and First Baptist Church will celebrate Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County's four newest homeowners. A brief video will showcase the building of these four homes in five days in a north Champaign neighborhood, and will highlight the community-wide effort of professional builders and hundreds of volunteers.
The concert program will feature settings of Psalms 84 and 127 by Schuetz, Hammerschmidt, Handel, Brahms, Distler, Vaughan Williams and Alwes. The BACH chorus will be accompanied by organist Kerry Heimann, Assistant Music Director/Accompanist for The American Boychoir and a co-founder and longtime keyboardist for BACH. Pianists Reid Alexander & Jo Ellen DeVilbiss will accompany How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from Brahms' German Requiem.  
Donations will be accepted in lieu of an admission charge.  The suggested donaton is $25, although audience members may donate whatever amount they can afford.
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Re: BACH to hold Habitat for Humanity Benefit
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Dear Friends of BACH,
Sunday afternoon's stormy downpour yielded a glorious rainbow, surrounding the First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy as BACH began its benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity, "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place." The musicians felt privileged to donate their performances to benefit Habitat's important work, and Habitat's newest homeowners, Roxanne Grantham and Jacqueline Starns, spoke powerfully of how excited their families are to be living in their very own homes.
As the concert concluded, the appreciative audience of 100 lustily joined the chorus in singing the closing chorale, "O God our Help in Ages Past." In the  
words of Vaughan Williams' anthem, those of you who attended also helped BACH to "prosper our handywork" by contributing more than $2,600 to Habitat for Humanity's efforts to provide decent, affordable housing to families in need. Thank you for your tremendous generosity! Everyone present agreed this was a wonderful way to conclude our tenth anniversary season!
BACH would also love to complete its season by meeting our own financial goals. Within this week, if we can match the amount we raised last night for Habitat for Humanity, we will meet a magnanimous challenge presented by BACH's longtime friends, Betty and Wayne Wendland.
This spring the Wendlands challenged BACH to raise $5,000 by the conclusion of our season, offering to match that amount "twenty cents on the dollar" by contributing an additional $1,000 if their challenge is met. We're close to the halfway point: thus far, our generous supporters have responded to the challenge by donating $2,435. To meet the Wendlands' challenge, we must raise an additional $2,565 for BACH. Checks dated by June 30, 2006 will be counted towards the challenge, and gifts in any amount will be deeply appreciated.
Thanks to all of you who have supported us this season with your donations, your volunteer efforts, and by joining us in concerts, both as listeners and as singers. We encourage you to help us meet our fiscal goals and the Wendlands' challenge, and we invite you to share the next decade of wonderful music with us!
With gratitude,
Allison Fromm, Vice President
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana
Hurry! Only four days left!  All checks dated by June 30 will count toward the challenge.  
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH)
PO Box 2935, Champaign, IL 61825-2935
email: info@baroqueartists.org
web: www.baroqueartists.org
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