Common Ground Inspires Kennedy UMC Audience

KENNEDY – Rainy weather may have forced the concert indoors, but the music filled the hall with the sounds of praise and glory at the recent Common Ground concert in the Kennedy United Methodist Church.

Sponsored by Kennedy Pride, the first free concert of the summer drew a large crowd for a rainy evening.

The quintet did not disappoint. Opening their concert with gospel music and hymns, each number impressed those attending with both the musical talent of the performers and the heartfelt performances.

Not only did the members of Common Ground blend well together, but each performer was also highlighted with a solo, and duets were also performed. Each musician has a personal and family history of performing in this area, and the love of their music shines through during a performance.

David Rublee sings bass and plays piano. His solo of an old Tennessee Ernie Ford gospel song, “This Old House” and the story of his childhood memories behind it were quite moving.

Rublee had an injury to his right hand on June 20 that required surgery, and is already able to play piano again. His sister, Laurel Hoch, sings soprano, and her solo, “For Those Tears I Died,” brought a great response from the crowd.

Alto is performed by Cindy Woodin. Her solo of “Broken Pieces” was a perfect fit for her voice and her musical specialties.

Tenor Burke Lindquist performed a solo of a special arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” The various inflections in his voice, from soft tones to powerful heights, stirred all those who were listening.

Accompanist for the group is Donna Dort. Her solo performance of the well-known song “Climb Every Mountain” brought tears to many an eye. The patriotic numbers that the group gave voice to were just as moving. They left little doubt that these performers felt privileged to be able to use their musical talents to honor this great nation.

Members of Kennedy Pride would like to thank the Kennedy United Methodist Church for the use of the church for the concert due to the weather. Everyone who attended was treated to some of the finest local musicians in our area. Continued support of the public makes it possible for Kennedy Pride to offer these free concerts to the public.