A Touch of Radio City Comes to Sacramento’s Central UMC

September 11, 2008

“A touch of Radio City Music Hall” comes to Sacramento, California on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m. when Central United Methodist Church hosts a benefit concert for Arts in River Park. The “not to be missed” event will take place in the sanctuary at Central, located at 5265 “H” Street. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Internationally-acclaimed organist Tom Thompson will be joined by percussionist Michael Bayard for an exhilarating concert of classical pop favorites, including George Bizet’s “Carmen Suite,” Bach’s “Toccata,” a Latin medley, “hits from the 50s,” and much more.
There will be musical surprises, as well: you won’t want to miss the duo’s unique take on Leroy Anderson’s “Typewriter” song, with Bayard beating out rapid fire rhythms on a vintage Royal manual typewriter! 
Bayard held the post of principal percussionist with the Sacramento Symphony from 1980 to 1996. During that time he performed in more than 2,000 classical, contemporary, jazz, and chamber music concerts, many with legendary popular artists including Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, and Ray Charles.
Thompson, an Emmy Award nominee for his documentary of the European concert tour of the Sacramento Youth Symphony, has himself played in more than 300 cities around the world. He is best known for producing the PBS series, “The Best Is Yet to Be,” and is currently the solo organist at the Bob Hope Fox Theatre in Stockton, California.
The September 26 event will feature a display of art by Natomas Charter School students, along with information about the school – and with a silent auction to include original art, jewelry, and gift certificates to such eateries as Crepe Escape, Sweetwater Restaurant and Bar, and Pasty Shack – it promises to be an evening that incorporates fun and fellowship along with music. The featured artists will make copies of their CDs available for sale, as well.
Suggested donation is $15 per person, with proceeds going to benefit Arts in River Park, established in 2003 as a vehicle for artists to share their talents with the community following drastic reductions in funding to the California Arts Council.
Seating is limited, so make reservations right away by calling (916) 457-3337. For more information, visit www.arts-in-riverpark.org and click on “Events.”
Download printable event flyer (prints two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. flyers per page) here.