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Concert coming to Unity Church

Staff reports

Eight well-known musicians will perform in a special concert at the Unity Church of Today on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Genoa Town Hall.

The performers are known for their vocal and instrumental accomplishments in the Carson Valley, Carson City and Reno area, and two are known nationally, according to church spokesperson Floyd Hill.

“The presentations will include something for everyone, ranging from ‘pop’ to opera to contemporary to religious to Irish ballads,” Hill said. “This marks the first time the eight musicians have all been together on one stage to perform, and an eclectic and enjoyable evening is planned for all.”

Patrick Jolly, music director for the church, organized the group, whose members often perform individually at church services. Jolly has lived in Carson City with his wife Mary for nearly 20 years and taught public school music for seven years. He has given concerts in Northern California, Northern Nevada and Germany, and has appeared as a guest soloist with various organizations, including the Reno Philharmonic.

He recorded an album of his own compositions of spiritual songs and is working on a second. His wife will also perform, and her credits include a bachelor of arts degree in music from the University of Nevada, Reno, and extensive performances in musical theater, opera and choruses in this area.

“Cherie and John” are nationally known headliners in the entertainment field, and they perform regularly at venues all over the country. They perform in casino lounges in Carson City, Reno and Lake Tahoe. Both are vocalists as well as band leaders. Cherie’s vocals merge with John’s music to provide “cool” jazz, romantic mellow, Big Band swing and rock and roll.

Len Frueh, another popular Carson Valley performer, is also known for his many volunteer activities, including singing in his rich baritone voice with many groups. He likes to sing in small ensembles, which he will be doing in this special presentation, Hill said.

Over the years, Frueh has been a barbershop quartet singer, performer with Western Nevada Musical Theater’s production of “The Music Man” and the Carson Valley production of”Oklahoma!” last spring.

Others to perform include Per Rasmussen, who sings, plays guitar and bass, and Karen Gleissner, who plays guitar and harp.

Rasmussen is from Denmark and has performed in folk bands and clubs in Europe and the U.S. he has been seen in musicals such as “Oklahoma!” and “The Music Man.” He teaches music in Gardnerville.

Gleissner has performed extensively in groups as a soloist in Europe and the U.S., and she teaches music and French at Douglas High School.

Another performer for the concert is Vanessa Littrell, a composer, singer, pianist and guitarist. In 1994, she wrote and directed a children’s musical, “The King of the Rain,” for which she received a grant from the Sierra Arts Foundation. She has been composing songs for the last 18 years and is working on her second album.

The format of the program will include solos, duets and ensembles.

Tickets are $10 for adults and children under 12, $5. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at the Unity Church of Today office, 2288 Main St., Genoa, telephone 782-4429.