The Randolph County Humane Society is excited to host an upcoming benefit concert that will feature Jack Gibbons, a classical pianist and composer and Davis & Elkins College's artist in residence.
The concert is sponsored by Davis & Elkins College, and it will begin at 4 p.m. April 27 at the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Through music composed in honor of the animals in their lives, Gibbons will bring to life "Pets of the Great Composers: from Gershwin's Dog to Mozart's Starling." This whimsical look at a side of the great composers not often presented will have the audience laughing, remembering and honoring the pets with whom they have shared their lives.
The performance will present a new mix of material from a novel vantage point. During the concert, Gibbons will entertain his audience with stories of various composers and their pets. The program will include Gershwin's "Walking the Dog" and Chopin's "Dog Waltz" as well as a poem Mozart wrote for his beloved bird, a starling, which he read at the bird's backyard burial.
Some of the other animals represented musically will include cuckoos, lions, mice, fleas, elephants and a hunting scene with hounds, re-enacted in music from Charles Valentin Alkan's composition "Aesop's Feast."
"We are extremely grateful to Davis & Elkins College and to Jack Gibbons for offering his time and world-class talent to perform a benefit concert for the Randolph County Humane Society," said Ginny Zuboy, RCHS board member and volunteer. "This program is fresh and new and sure to please his audience, whether they are pet lovers, lovers of classical music or simply fans of Jack Gibbons. His programs are always lively and fun - and then there is the music!
If you go
4 p.m. April 27
Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church
"We welcome the Elkins community to this special event, which is offered in support of the homeless and as yet unsung residents of RCHS. Donations will be accepted and gratefully appreciated."
A reception and refreshments will follow.
All proceeds will benefit RCHS.
RCHS is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductable.
Gibbons is a British classical pianist and composer. Born in 1962, he began performing in public at age 10. At age 20, he won first prize in the Newport International Pianoforte Competition. Since then he has established a reputation as one of Britain's finest pianists through his award-winning recordings and concerts around the world.
More information about the concert and the Humane Society is available by calling 304-636-2075.