Friday, Nov. 3 at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Salter Path, pianist Barbara McKenzie, harpist Christina Brier and a 13-piece chamber orchestra will perform original compositions by Linda Laughton and Lenore Meadows. McKenzie is founder, artistic director and artist in residence of Chamber Music Wilmington and the American Music Festival. Brier is principal harpist with the Carolina Philharmonic and Wilmington Symphony. All performing musicians have some thread of connection to Beaufort, St. Francis by the Sea or the beach.
Laughton's "Trinity Suite" consists of nine dance-style movements written for solo piano, piano and flute duet and piano with string ensemble. Laughton is the music director at St. Francis by the Sea and resides just outside of Beaufort where she teaches private piano lessons.
Meadows' "Still Life Deep Creek" is a four-movement orchestral composition inspired by patterns of light and water in nature as depicted in her paintings. When not paddling on Taylor's Creek, composing music or painting, Lenore Meadows is a real estate professional in Beaufort.
Meadows will show her paintings in the art gallery beginning at 5:30pm. Concert seating begins at 6:45 and the music starts at 7. Both events are free, however donations are graciously accepted. Refreshments will be served.
St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church is located on the sound side of Hwy. 58 (Salter Path Road) between Mile Markers 10 and 10-1/2. For more information, call 252-240-2388 or visit www.stfrancisbythesea.org.