Emily Spear and Aaron Likness gave a masterful performance of classical song and piano April 14 in a benefit concert for orphans and desperately poor children in the Linjiang area of northeastern China.
About 100 people were on hand at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock to enjoy a program ranging from light, comedic opera pieces to powerful piano compositions. Ms. Spear, an accomplished soloist with a Master of Music from New England Conservatory, sang pieces by Charles Ives, Douglas Moore, Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber. Mr. Likness performed several movements from Ives' Piano Sonata No. 2, as well as accompanying Ms. Spear.
Proceeds from the program so far have risen to over $2,500 with donations continuing to come in by mail from people who were unable to attend but want to support the children.
All proceeds are going to Threshold Ministries which operates an orphanage known as Hope House located on the Yalu River, the border between China and North Korea. The ministry also delivers food, help and hope to desperately poor families in the region around Linjiang, a remote and mountainous area. For more on Threshold, click here.
The concert was sponsored by Threshold and Elizabeth Presbyterian Church, which is now the home church of Cindy Reynolds who founded Threshold. The church also provides office space, administrative and financial support of the ministry.
Threshold is one of the many ministries supported by EPC. For more on the church's missions click here.
A special thanks is owed to New Hope Presbyterian Church for the donated use of their wonderful sanctuary and concert-class grand piano.