Concert Benefits Boles Fire
Almost 100 people were in attendance to hear Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia and raised almost $2000. The quartet played a blend of Russian and European music, and one piece by their "favorite American composer", Marge Wheeler, a member of the Mt. Shasta UMC. The concert, sponsored by Mt. Shasta UMC, was to benefit the rebuilding of the Weed Presbyterian Church and the Weed Elementary School (K-8) music program.
The College of the Siskiyous donated the use of the Ford Theater, and Eric Siems, stage manager, also donated his time. The quartet also did a presentation to 236 students at Weed Elementary School. Twenty-nine of the students had lost their homes in the fire. They demonstrated their instruments (2 violins, a viola and a cello).
The Presbyterian Church is one of two that were totally destroyed in the Boles Fire. The quartet had played there several times in the past and felt a sentimental attachment. The music room at the elementary school was in an outbuilding that was completely burned in the fire. When the quartet heard about the fire, they offered to play without charge; the college not only approved the use of the theater, they waived the fee for its use. All of the proceeds will go to fire relief, split 50/50 between the church and school.