MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Music Club is once again hoping to raise enough funds to help support music programs at Baldwin County schools and provide musically-inclined students a stage to express their talents.
This year’s annual “Sweets and Musical Treats” music showcase is slated at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Georgia Military College Goldstein Center for Performing Arts, featuring singers, dancers and musicians from Baldwin High School, Oak Hill Middle School, Georgia Military College Prep School and the Barnes Piano Studio.
“The purpose of the program is to raise some money that will go back into the schools to help teachers with some of their out-of-pocket expenses,” said Ruby Werts, co-chair of the musical program. “The other purpose is to give students an opportunity to perform pieces they would not be able to perform anywhere else.
“The Oak Hill jazz band will open the program with a Dizzy Gillespie piece. Baldwin High student Courtney Prosser will play the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ on her trumpet. One highlight of the evening will be pianist Elle Hupp who will close our program,” Werts said. “We just really want to give students an opportunity to perform in public and show their talent when there’s no other venue to perform other than at their school.”
Small group performances, including the GMC Literary Team, GMC One Act musical cast, Oak Hill jazz band, Baldwin High Literary Team and Baldwin High chorus, will showcase their talent along with individual student performances from the Barnes Piano Studio.
“This is the best of the best. This is not your usual school concert or piano recital,” said Dr. Stephen Barnes, also co-chair of the program. “This is each of the music educators presenting their finest talent in solo performance, duos, trios, quartets and large ensembles.”
After the program, the music club will host a reception with cookies and refreshments, and give the audience a chance to meet the performers.
“This event has a 20-year history and has grown in musical stature with each passing year,” Barnes said, “especially with its recent move to the Goldstein Auditorium at GMC.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance from a music club member or at the door on the day of the event for $5. Proceeds from the event will be distributed among the music programs at Georgia College, GMC, John Milledge Academy, Baldwin High, Oak Hill and elementary schools.
“In the beginning of the school year, we host a meal for teachers and talk to them about what they need. They fill out an application, and we fund as much as we can to help them. Last year we made around $1,000. This year, we hope to make more,” Werts said. “We’re buying some music for the Baldwin High School band to do a solo ensemble. We helped a JMA teacher last year who moves from class to class and we have funded instruments for elementary classrooms.”
The local music club currently has less than 40 members, including area educators, local church choir members and community music advocates who support community-wide programs and organizations.
Former students of Sweets and Musical Treats have gone on to study the art of vocal and instrumental sound in college and some have even become music teachers or continued to other professions.
“Milledgeville and Baldwin County are just the right sized community to present talent of this caliber. It would be too unwieldy to present an event of this type in a larger community,” Barnes said. “We do urge everyone to attend this event and marvel at the exceptional artistic work of these young people. You’ll be very proud of your city and county.”
For more information about the Milledgeville Music Club, to make a donation to the club, or to purchase tickets for the upcoming show call Werts at 478-452-1143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.