Deptford Twp.–The Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) and Community Chorus, along with guest choral singers from Clayton High School and Delsea Regional High School, will perform a benefit concert at the Clayton High School Preforming Arts Center on Sun., May 7 at 4 p.m. The concert is being held in memory of former Clayton mayor, Jeff Radio. Tickets are not required, rather a suggested $5 goodwill donation is requested at the door.
Half of all proceeds from the evening's performance will be earmarked for the creation of an educational scholarship for a 2017 Clayton High School graduate who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities and demonstrated a commitment to community service. Radio was a dedicated advocate for Clayton residents and the scholarship will be in honor of his life's work. The remaining proceeds will benefit the John V. Chard Memorial Scholarship Fund, an award that is given to selected applicants who are pursuing music studies in higher education either at RCGC or elsewhere in the locale.
The concert will feature a performance of "Song of Democracy," a piece based on Walt Whitman's poem, "An Old Man's Thought of School," along with a selection of other choral works. Lawrence DePasquale, music faculty member at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Rowan University, will conduct and David Anderson will accompany the choir on the piano.
A select chorus from Clayton High School, under the direction of choir director Sarah Mickle, will be joining the RCGC and Community Chorus for the concluding concert composition, "What A Wonderful World." A select chorus from Delsea Regional High School, under the direction of music faculty member Vincent DuBeau, will lend their voices to the main composition (conducted by DuBeau) "Song of Democracy" and provide a few additional pieces of their own.
The concert will take place at Clayton High School Performing Arts Center, located on Pop Cramer Blvd. in Clayton. No tickets are required, rather attendees are requested to make a free will donation at the door. The performance is open to the public and all ages are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Macris at 856-464-5214.
The spring concert program is made possible in part through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Gloucester County College.
The Clayton High School Performing Arts Center is located at 55 Pop Kramer Blvd. in