Grace Lutheran event Saturday looks to sustain youth music
on December 16, 2011
Charles Shaw sees music as a window to new realms.
“When you get kids involved in making beautiful music, it opens up a world of possibilities in their minds,” said Shaw, who has run the Ben-Oni and youth orchestra at Grace Lutheran Church for 8 years. “It can take them places beyond what they have known.”
Shaw and his troupe of about 20 youthful musicians will be featured at the Grace Lutheran Christmas Concert and Potluck starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the church’s biggest fundraiser of the year. All are invited to bring a dish and a $10 donation.
The fundraiser supports ministry programs at Grace Lutheran Church, including the youth music program and general operation of the church facility.
Grace Lutheran houses other community-based services including a food pantry, Catholic Charities and an anger management program. The church also houses Lao Lutheran Services, which is one of its three Sunday services, said Shaw, who is a pastor at the church.
Shaw’s music program provides free music lessons to local youths in an array of instruments, including clarinet, saxophone and violin.
The Ben-Oni Orchestra is one of the Bay Area’s most renowned big band jazz orchestras. Shaw, 59, has performed with such jazz greats as Lena Horn, as well as Nancy Wilson, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes.
Shaw said he finds teaching music to local youths to be among his most rewarding experiences. Asked which instruments he teaches, Shaw answered with a laugh.
“I can play ‘em all, and I can teach ‘em all,” he said.
What: Grace Lutheran Youth Christmas Concert & Potluck
Where: 2369 Barrett Ave.
When: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17
Why: To support youth music education and other services
Donation: $10 and a dish for the potluck
More info: Dr. Curtis Shaw – 510-235-3670 (office), 510-499-2838 (cell)
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