SPRINGFIELD – Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., invites the public to attend the fifth concert in its series “A Little Night Music on July 31.
At 6 p.m., an informal concert “From the Heart” will be presented by soprano soloist, Sonja Funk. She will be singing a delightful program of songs about love – love lost, love found, love of life, romance, etc. – by composers such as Mozart, Gershwin, Puccini, Streisand, Rogers and Hammerstein. She will be accompanied by Vera Baker, co-founder of the Children’s Chorus of Springfield.
Funk has been singing since she was 2 years old when she opened her mouth in the car singing “Oklahoma” at the top of her lungs to out-sing her sister. She grew up in a very musical household where she developed a taste for the theater and opera. A graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a master’s degree in music in vocal performance Funk is currently the director of choral activities at Agawam High School.
At 7 p.m., the concert on the front lawn will feature guest carillonneur, David Maker. Maker is currently the Carillonneur-in-Residence at Storrs Congregational Church in Connecticut and recently retired as the associate head of the Music Department at the University of Connecticut.
Originally a percussionist and keyboard player with degrees from Michigan State University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Calgary, Maker is also a composer and music arranger for orchestras, choirs, bands, organ, and chamber ensembles.
The featured food item for the evening is sloppy Joes.
The concerts are free and open to the public although donations will be accepted for all food items. Every concert offers “make your own ice cream sundaes.”
Church members are on hand to conduct tours of the magnificent Gothic building and the bell tower. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and if preferred, their own picnic supper to enjoy on the church lawn. In case of rain, the event will be moved inside.
For a complete listing of concerts go the Trinity’s website, www.trinityspringfield.org