Save Our Sanity Concert Series To Continue This Fall | Local News
The music came out of its forties last Wednesday at the last Save our Sanity concert, hosted by local musicians.
The music encouraged Daria Mason to release him – after months of hiding in small rooms with workouts – yearning for an audience.
So, Mason, a music teacher, gardener, and avid musician, enlisted an oppressed group of local musicians, each desperate to let the music cross them and come out into the world again.
At first, around 50 socially courageous and socially distant souls came out, but in the last performance on July 28, more than 75 listened.
During this last SOS concert, Lisa Tan laughed and hammered the joyous keys of a grand piano, a long-stemmed rose in her mouth.
Old people with canes on the arms of their chairs beat the rhythm on their knees.
The children forgot their Happy Meals and listened with fascination.
Teresa Lammers drew her two grandsons to the concert with Happy Meals, but they quickly walked in to sit on their grandmother’s lap with great attention during Rachmaninoff’s concerto. They got agitated when the music slowed down during an overture by Bach. Lammers took the boys back to their McDonald’s lunch set right outside the doors of the church sanctuary so she could finish listening to the concert.
And the music savored these moments, the audience, the joy of the musicians, smiling at its triumph over an enemy as formidable as the virus.
And bless him, the SOS concerts will continue.
“(It) means Saving Our Sanity Through Music,” said Tan, half of the Bach ‘N All duo who performed at the July 28 concert.
In total, local musicians held five free lunchtime concerts at the Lutheran Church in Mount Cross on Wednesday. They plan to continue the concert series this fall. Look for reviews in the Gathering and posts to local Rim Country Facebook pages starting in September.
At first, the music only reached a few dozen people, but with this last SOS concert every row of the church was filled with music lovers who came to revel in the joy of the sound.
Tan, a local pianist and her partner Bette Acker on flute, took advantage of this concert to launch their new group Bach ‘N All. Acker loved the flute as soon as she learned it in fourth grade, but pursued a career in science to pay the bills. She meets Tan at the Payson Choral Society where women volunteer to accompany the choir during concerts. Tan has taught music in the local school district and at Arizona State University.
“The name has two meanings,” Tan said. “We play everything from Bach to the contemporary … (and) Bacchius is the god of celebration. “
The revelry, the joy, the happiness, all of this shone through the musicians as they shared their love of music after a long time alone with their passion.
Bach ‘N All’s playlist ranged from “Moondance” by Van Morrison to “Vocalise” by Rachmaninoff and even soared with Latin tunes “Sin Rumbo” and “Libertango” from the father of tango, Piazzolla.
The audience, from toddlers to elders stamping their feet, drank the music: eyes closed, hands agitated.
In the spirit of the selfless gift of music, the SOS Concerts have raised over $ 2,000 for charities in the city, ranging from Arizona Sonshine to the Deacons Pantry Food Bank, from Payson Community Kids to the Mission Lutheran Navajo. Tan and Acker raised $ 553 for the Payson Initiative for the Homeless and Homeless Veterans.
“Musicians love to interact with audiences,” Tan said.
She then pulled out a rose to clench her teeth and slip into a sultry tango. The audience laughed, including Lammers and his two grandsons.
Yvonne Bickford, a regular at the Payson Choral Society, loves performance and has suffered through the long months of the pandemic. Now in the audience, her mega-watt smiles shone as she clapped with her friends during Tan’s delightfully fickle “Butterflies White” composed by Massenet.
“You can only be happy to listen to this song,” Tan said before sitting down to allow his fingers to fly over the piano keys.
The SOS concerts will switch to Saturdays this fall when school resumes.
Already, the niches have started to fill with Bach ‘N All. Other musicians who may sign up again include Daria Mason and Angeline Ng, who performed in SOS’s first three concerts. Six Gal ‘n Hat, played in the third concert and Mason’s formed jazz group which included Ng, Mike Buskirk and Gerry Reynolds could also return.
Although the SOS concert series does not have its own web or Facebook page, press releases will be distributed to media and Facebook pages, including the Bach ‘N All page.
Check there for more information on the fall concert series and other Bach ‘N All perform concerts – because the music will send its mood, pandemic or not. As all these musicians return to their attics and small bedrooms, they will continue their love affair with the music practicing to share the chords of harmony.
Because one thing is certain: intelligent, passionate and incorrigible music is infinitely ingenious.
That’s why music will always break quarantine.