One of only three orchestras like it in the nation, it will perform a free-to-the-public concert at the Lee University Conn Center on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Well-known arranger Camp Kirkland will be conducting.
The free concert will include exciting arrangements of classical and patriotic favorites as well as inspirational settings of hymns and praise songs.
The concert is being held in support of Cleveland and Bradley County’s Anchor Point Foundation.
“The concert will be family-friendly, and very entertaining,” said Cleveland’s Bonnie Whitaker, one of the event planners. “This orchestra features some of Nashville’s very finest musicians.”
Whitaker continued, “the Nashville Praise Symphony has about 50 musicians who are all volunteers donating their talents and time to perform several times a year to raise funds for Christ-centered ministries. For those who desire, there will be a love-offering opportunity.”
“We view this orchestra as a ministry to the orchestra, the listener and in support of Christ-focused ministries,” added Kirkland.
Kirkland has enjoyed a brilliant career as an arranger and orchestrator. He has over a thousand publications in his catalog and is an important contributor to the leading publishers of church music today.
Over the past four decades, Kirkland has emerged as one of the premier Church musicians in the nation. He has had a pioneering role in establishing instrumental music as a viable medium in church music programs. His arrangements will be featured in the concert this Saturday night.
Two of the orchestra’s musicians are former Clevelanders, both graduates of Bradley Central High School, Nathan and Beth Davis. Both teach music in Nashville and have been members of the NPS for 12 years.
Beth (Whitaker) Davis was drum major of the Bradley Central marching band and an All-State orchestra performer two years during her time at BCHS. She recently earned a master’s in flute performance. She is a founding member an current president of the Nashville Flute Choir.
“We’re excited about performing in Cleveland, and especially at the Conn Center,” said Nathan Davis. “We performed there as junior high and high school musicians, never thinking we’d come back as part of an orchestra from Nashville.” He is a specialist with various clarinets and saxophones.
“Anchor Point is important enough of a ministry that our orchestra is traveling farther than normal to be in Cleveland,” Davis said.
Anchor Point Foundation is an addiction reclamation ministry guided in Bradley County by director Russ Coffey.
“Anchor Point teaches a Christ-centered addiction recovery program in the Bradley County Jail, and also conducts a well-attended weekly support group and a long-term rehab referral/counseling service. We have a well-attested record of success in addiction recovery,” Coffey said.
“We are delighted the Nashville Praise Symphony has selected us to support in this wonderful way.”