Artists in Action: Kids perform classics today at First United Methodist
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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Teresa Kiser and Marilyn Reynolds prepare for the May 4 Book Sale at the Calhoun County-Anniston Public Library. Photo: Special to The Star
Teresa Kiser and Marilyn Reynolds prepare for the May 4 Book Sale at the Calhoun County-Anniston Public Library. Photo: Special to The Star
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There’s a young generation coming up that not only appreciates music, they study to perform music. And many of these student musicians are members of First United Methodist Church in Anniston.

The cast of first-graders through the college sophomores will display their vocal and instrumental talents today at 2:30 p.m. at FUMC for the congregation and community in the Kids Klassics concert.

“In this hour long program, students will perform a wide range of repertoire — classical, jazz, Broadway, sacred — you name it,” Kathy Murphy, director of music ministries at FUMC said. “And besides tenor, alto, and bass you’ll hear flute, guitar, piano and trombone.”

Each October the adults from the congregation who have a music degree or study privately participate in Hometown Classics. This coming fall will be the seventh year. But the kids seem to be giving the adults some competition, Murphy admitted.

“The Kids Klassics last year made us aware that they are musically on our heels,” said Murphy. “We’ve already started practicing.”

Laura Fuller is director of the church’s flute ensemble. “Our church has been blessed with so many musically talented people,” the flutist said. “I credit Kathy Murphy and Jim Roberts for recognizing the talent and encouraging members as well as non-members to be involved in the many musical opportunities that are available in the church.”  

Laura Fuller‘s children are all performing solos today. Justin will play trombone, Kyra is playing the flute and Ethan the piano. 

Bargain for books Saturday

“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes,” Dutch scholar Erasmus once declared.

At the next book sale at the Public Library of Anniston/Calhoun County, books on almost every imaginable subject will be available, and just a little money per book is all it takes.

The sale is Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. upstairs in The Vault, where the books are stored. With 10 large shelves filled to the brim, there’s at least one must-read waiting for everyone. All hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Member of Friends of the Library will receive half off their purchase with a current membership card.

Marilyn Reynolds, who categorized the titles, said that fiction books are shelved by author and non-fiction by subject.

“We have large print and children’s books, biographies arranged by name, videos, histories, politics and gardening,” she said. There are also titles on spirituality, art, exercise, animals, travel and cooking to browse through, as well as records that will please those of us who look back on rock ’n’ roll.

Books are vital to our lives, not just for scholars but for those of us just managing to squeeze in an hour or two of reading occasionally. A house without books is a house without windows, it’s been said.

“Come, and plan to stay a while,” Reynolds said, inviting everyone to the sale.

Blithe Spirit May 15-19 at JSU

Excitement is building among all involved with “Blithe Spirit,” the JSU drama department’s May production. First of all, the play is by Noel Coward. Second, it’s as entertaining a farce as you can wish for, with ridiculous situations, word play and ethereal characters.

The stage will display the largest interior set built this season, according to Randy Blades, drama department chair.

“The play’s look is getting lots of attention,” said cast member Lauren Crider. “The set is really elaborate with its two levels, French doors and fireplace. Some intricate work is being done.”

Directed by Susan McCain, “Spirit” will be at Earnest Stone Performing Arts Center May 15-19. On Wednesday through Saturday nights curtain time is 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.

Make a reservations by calling 256-782-5648. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and JSU personnel and $5 for students, children and military. 

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