This evening at Stone Creek’s Reunion Center, The Culture Vultures of Stone Creek presented “An Evening of Celebration” with the Stone Creek Piano, featuring Cantor Kim Komrad and Pianist David Leighton.
It has taken almost a year since Rita Singer and Beth Mueller first initiated the quest towards acquiring a piano for Stone Creek. Through many fundraisers and donations, Rita and Beth’s “labor of love” reached fruition, and on March 7, 2012, a Yamaha Clavinova Digital Baby Grand piano was delivered to the Reunion Center, paid in full.
Two highlights of the evening bear mentioning. First, Cantor Kim is Rita Singer’s Daughter and is considered one of the World’s Leading Cantor’s of our time. Also noteworthy is a selection of songs written by Celestine Akins, mother to Allen Akins of Longleaf. Born in 1925, Celestine lived through the hardships of the Great Depression with her family while her husband fought for long periods overseas in World War II. She never received formal musical training but loved music and expressed her life in lyrics and melodies that were taken down and cherished by her son, Allen. This evening’s pianist, David Leighton, arranged six of her songs in a medley called “Pardon Me If I Break Your Heart”.
Enjoying this evening of celebration were over 350 lucky Stone Creek residents. After the concert, all were welcome to partake in a beautiful display of champagne and strawberries while mingling and cherishing the memory of the night.
A special thanks to Larry Handley for his photos.