WACCABUC, N.Y. – Local musicians will band together on Saturday, May 18, to perform a benefit concert for the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Donations raised at the event, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m., will help cover the cost of a new ambulance, which the volunteer first responders have already purchased.
The concert will take place at Mead Chapel on 2 Chapel Road, Waccabuc. The Mead Family Foundation has donated the church space for the evening.
The EarthTones, an all-female singing group led by founding member Elizabeth Meyer-Gross, regularly performs concerts and donates 90 to 100 percent of its proceeds to charity.
The Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps has been campaigning to raise $60,000 to purchase a new ambulance, which became a necessity when its previous ambulance broke down and was irreparable.
The concert will help put the ambulance corps over the finish line in terms of completely furnishing the ambulance with the expensive equipment the first responders need to save lives.
The concert will feature Susan Talbot Reid, a resident of Redding, Conn. Susan is a singer-songwriter who was active in Pete Seeger’s Clearwater organization and had the opportunity to sing with and become friends with Seeger, Tom Pacheco and Fred Kellerman of the Weavers. She will perform Celtic and Scotch Gaelic ballads on guitar and will perform some of her original music as well.
The second half of the concert will feature The EarthTones, who at one time were all residents of South Salem. The group currently has one member from New York City and one from Danbury. They will perform a variety of Renaissance-period Madrigals from Italy and England. These complex harmonies are written for their voices only. The performers will also provide discussion on the style and composers of that time.
Lewisboro’s own Jean Lewis, a teacher and performer of the hammered dulcimer, will be a special guest and perform some Renaissance-period harp music by composer Turlough O’Carolan.
Tickets are on sale. The suggested donation price is $30. To pay ahead of time, send a tax-deductible check payable to: “LVAC” at P.O. Box 694 Cross River, N.Y. 10518-0694, and indicate if you plan to attend the concert. Also list the names of any guests you may bring. Payment can also be made at the door by check or cash.