Greene County News Report
YELLOW SPRINGS – Each summer, Friends Music Camp draws talented youth from around the country to pursue musical excellence, personal and spiritual connection, and a challenge to make a valuable and unique contribution that strengthens their society. In honor of the camp’s dedication to community, Friends’ Music Camp presents the 32nd Annual Friends’ Music Camp Concert to benefit Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs.
Performances include musical selections presented by the 58 member Youth Orchestra and Choir, hailing from 14 US states and one foreign country, Costa Rica. The evening features four camper soloists and staff and student compositions. Among them, Sean McDonald, son of John and Laura McDonald and grandson of Jeff and Leigh Huntington of Yellow Springs, will perform a piece he composed for the bass trombone. The Friend’s Music Camp Concert is co-directed by Peg Champney of Yellow Springs, as well as Drea Gallaga and Nick Hutchinson of Chicago, Illinois.
The 32nd annual benefit concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at the Mills Lawn Elementary School, located at 200 S. Walnut Street. Tickets are available online at glenhelen.org, at the Glen Helen Nature Shop, located at 405 Corry St. or at the door on the evening of the concert. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Proceeds from this event benefit Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
Glen Helen Nature Preserve, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, is 1000 acre Living Sanctuary, forever protected in the memory of Helen Birch Bartlett, a natural classroom, where students and the public can learn about the environment and how to live with Earth in mind, and an outdoor laboratory, where ecological and environmental research helps us better understand the world around us. Unlike neighboring state parks, the organization receives operational funding through Glen Helen Association Memberships, foundations and grants and the generous donations of visitors. The preserve receives no operational funding from the state of Ohio.