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Sac City United Methodist to host benefit concert

September 6, 2008
Messenger News

SAC CITY - Sac City United Methodist Church will host a flood victim benefit concert at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tenor Josh Strief and pianist Bruce Perry will present a recital of familiar sacred music, art songs and piano solos.

A freewill offering will give listeners the opportunity to assist those who have lost homes and belongings during last summer's floods.

Sac City native Bruce Perry serves as worship and music coordinator at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge. He maintains an active musical schedule as a conductor, voice teacher and pianist and is a teaching artist in voice and collaborative pianist at Drake University.

During the past 15 seasons with Fort Dodge Choral Society, he has conducted and prepared the group for more than 50 different concert programs. He is the chair of worship music for the Iowa Choral Directors Association. As a pianist, he has performed throughout the Midwest and in Brazil.

Strief, also a Sac City native, is a sophomore at Drake University, where he is pursuing degrees in vocal music and political science.

When asked what led to this concert, he said, "Knowing people who lost virtually everything in a flood made me want to help in some way. Using musical gifts to raise money for the victims and awareness of their plight is a wonderful opportunity."

On stage with the Drake Opera Theater, he created the role of Slender in "Merry Wives of Windsor" and appeared in the chorus of "Dido and Aeneas."

As a scholarship student of Perry, he was a semi-finalist in the regional four-state National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. While a student at Sac City High School, he sang with the Iowa All State Chorus and appeared in the Outstanding Performers' Showcase sponsored by the Iowa Choral Directors' Association.

The son of Bob and Minde Strief, he spends his free time working as a lifeguard at the Sac City Aquatic Center, golfing, running and being part of political activities.

All funds collected will be donated to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, with 100 percent of the gifts going directly to Iowa families in need of more help than the government has provided.

Local caseworkers determine who needs additional help and coordinate the responding agencies in meeting the need. Those wishing to donate but who are unable to attend the concert may mail contributions to Sac City United Methodist Church, Ninth and Main, Sac City, IA, 50583.

Information is available at the church by calling (712) 662-7436 or from Perry at 979-5620.



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