Brevard, N.C. - Running Meets Music, the First Jack Daniels Concert to benefit runners at Brevard College, went off with a smash this past Saturday evening at the Porter Center for Performing Arts.
Featuring various song styles including Broadway, Americana and opera favorites, as well as a surprise performance by the BC cross country and track team, the evening was filled with laughter, smiles and fun all around.
"One of the things that struck me," said Dr. Daniels, "was our team was impressed by the quality of the singing at the event, while the singers were also impressed with the runners’ poise and talents throughout the evening. Both groups really enjoyed working together in this event."
"The singers and the runners did not want to leave," added Nancy Daniels. "The runners were especially excited as the performers volunteered their time to come just for them, and they were excited about the community support shown to them throughout the evening."
The evening started with an introduction of Dr. Jack Daniels, the Brevard College Head Cross Country and Track & Field coach, by the emcee of evening, Mrs. Carole Futrelle. Following his opening remarks, freshman Angela Canale took the floor with three back-up dancers as she opened the evening with a rap about Willy Wonka and the golden tickets to the delight of the audience.
Following their performance, Dr. Ann Nagell took the floor and accompanied the three artists of the evening, Ms. Andrea Howland-Myers, Ms. Rachael Hirsch and Ms. Sarah Tupper Daniels as the trio opened with Lift Thine Eyes from Elijah. Ms. Daniels and Ms. Hirsch followed with the duet Belle Nuit from The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach and the singers’ voices captivated the crowd throughout the evening as the event proceeded.
Notable performances on the evening included Gustav Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, performed by Ms. Hirsch, whose emotional, intense interpretation left the audience in stunned awe. The audience was also surprised by Gioacchino Rossini’s interpretation of a catfight in Duetto Buffo di due gatti as performed by Ms. Daniels and Ms. Hirsch. The audience was also visibly entertained by the comedic presentation of Adele’s Laughing Song performed by Ms. Howland-Myers and The Girl in 14G performed by Ms. Daniels.
The BC runners also made various appearances throughout the evening as a course specially designed by Dr. Daniels led several runners through the Porter Center and on to the stage where they provided comedic timing and energy to the evening through their friendly banter with Dr. Daniels and the performers.
"I have worked at the college level a number of years as a pianist and have never coordinated a program for runners and musicians," commented Dr. Nagell. "It was great to see the students willing to jump in and perform with the musicians and their stage antics had both sides energized throughout the evening."
All in all, the evening was a successful fundraiser for the BC cross country and track & field teams. Dr. Daniels and the runners would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters for all of their help in making this evening special: Dr. Ann Nagell, for artistic guidance and program accompaniment, The UPS Store, Theophilus Gifts and Fashions, Sherri L. Summers, Licensed Esthetician, Main Street Ltd, Quotations Coffee Café, Co-Ed Cinemas, Country Creations and the Blue Ridge Bakery.