NORTH CAROLINA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 2ND CONCERT AT BETHANY AUGUST 2

The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO) will present a concert, Fiori del barocco (Flowers of the Baroque) at Bethany, Thursday, August 2, at 7 PM.

This marks the second year that NCBO has played in concert at Bethany. The concert presented August 4, 2017, was standing room only.

Composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, Antonio Vivaldi and others will be featured in the performance. The orchestra will play on period instruments.

The concert is by donation only. Suggested donation is $15 general; $10 students and seniors; kids free.

NCBO is presenting the concert while on retreat at Camp Caroline, where it conducts an in-house workshop to grow the orchestra’s musical bonds and artistry. The concert is a way for the orchestra to highlight its endeavors during the retreat to celebrate its accomplishments and to share the music with the Eastern North Carolina community.

The orchestra was formed by sisters Frances Blaker, artistic director, and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, executive director, along with musical collaborators, to provide opportunities for musicians and vocalists interested in exploring baroque performance practice in a baroque chamber orchestra setting.

NCBO allows musicians in North Carolina and the surrounding area an opportunity to work with highly experienced experts in the field. Conductor Frances Blaker is a world-renowned expert in baroque performance practice, in addition to being a virtuoso instrumentalist.

 

GONE FISHIN’

Gone Fishin’ is the theme for the July Header, and for the A Light for Your Path devotional.

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” –Matthew 4:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” –Matthew 28:19-20.

Have you ever been fishing, and only caught little croakers instead of the big ones that everyone knows are out in the river? It’s easier to snag the little ones, isn’t it?

That is true when we are fishing for people to lead to Christ. It’s easier to lead the little ones to Christ by taking them to Sunday School and Worship, teaching them from the Bible, and setting a good example for them. It’s much harder to get the message across to an older, perhaps jaded, person, who is grounded in the world, rather than in Christ.

In a local TV show years ago, The Southern Sportsman, the host, Frank White, used to end the program with the imperative, “Take a kid fishing!” That is good advice to follow.

But, although it is extremely important to “take a kid fishing,” it is just as important to take anyone fishing: That is what Christ told us to do! We are fishers of men!