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     The majestic sound of music filled The Ark Family Church January 19th  for The Rotary Club of Lake Conroe’s “Concert For The Park”. More than 400 Montgomery County residents gathered for an evening of art, music and fellowship, all to benefit the soon to be Memory Park at The Charles B Stewart Library in Montgomery.
     Our musicians, Italian Rotarian Francesco Attesti and Matteo Galli, along with their touring assistant Michela Bollini, found themselves trapped in Fort Stockton, TX, two days before the concert, with 300 miles of I10 closed due to snow and ice. Finally able to travel on Thursday, the delay caused the cancellation of the planned visits to area schools. Thankfully, the trio made their entrance midway through the Patron’s Reception at Bernhardt Winery that evening, a bit road weary, but happy to have arrived.
     While everyone waited for the guests of honor, vocalist Rob Schroeder and pianist Joe Burlison, known professionally as Burlison-Schroeder, entertained with a wonderful variety of music. The Bernhardt’s, always the perfect hosts, poured their wines generously to accompany a delicious light dinner from The Italian Deli.
     The next evening, a colorful Art Show from the talented artists of The Conroe Art League, and beautiful music from 4 talented flutists from the Conroe Symphony Orchestra, Stephanie Harris, Suzanne Pearce, Jody Westerhold, and Kim Bellini, greeted concertgoers in the lobby of The Ark. Young ladies from The Montgomery High School Interact Club and The Montgomery Monarchs Chapter of The National Charity League served as ushers.
     Master of Ceremonies Wayne Hickman opened the evening for the long awaited concert. The first sounds from the stage were the voices of young angels in the form of The Brabham Middle School Choir. The very popular Montgomery High School Choir followed with an outstanding performance, proving once again why they have garnered so many awards.
     Francesco and Matteo then began The Requiem – a very intense piece, physically demanding, powerful - made all the more wonderful by the state of the art video system of The Ark, with close ups of the fast moving octaves and the non verbal communication between the musicians. Gary Parker filmed the concert, photographer (Conroe Rotarian) Beth Bolac provided the still photography, and Rotarian Malcolm Pepper spent his evening in the control booth with the awesome crew from The Ark.
     The concert was sponsored in part by Amegy Bank, Edward Jones and Company, Starrock, LP, and of course, by our host, The Ark Family Church.
     When the evening wrapped, it became apparent that something much more than fundraising had transpired. RCLC, without experience producing such an event, reached out to the community for guidance. The response was humbling as professionals answered the call, expecting nothing in return. Such generosity and caring, far beyond our expectations, is what Memory Park is all about, and proves once again that we are truly blessed to live in this community. 



"The Concert For The Park"

January 2007


Hosted By:

The ArkFamilyChurch



Matteo Galli, organ

Francesco Attesti, piano





Flute Ensemble, from The Conroe Symphony Orchestra

      Kim Bellini         Stephanie Harris 

Suzanne Pearce    Jody Westerhold


Brabham Middle School Choir

Under the Direction of Paulette Wells


The MontgomeryHigh School Choir

Under the Direction of Heather Orr

Accompanied by Mrs. Lou Leonard


Master of Ceremony, Wayne Hickman


Underwriters, Contributors and Volunteers:

Don Carter     Judy Campbell

Bernhardt Winery

The Italian Grill

The Conroe Symphony

The MontgomeryCounty Performing Arts Society

The National Charity League

The Montgomery HS Interact Club

Harvey Stanley, Piano Tuner

Church Organs of Houston

Forshey Piano Company

Rick Adams, Walden Yacht Club

The Charles B Stewart Library

Gary and Lorrie Parker

Malcolm Pepper, Four Flags Productions

Edward Jones and Company

Gary and Janet Milleson

Marsha Cashdollar

Edwin, Leesa and Ed Hoff

The Conroe Art League

Peggy Miller

Jackie Barker

The Courier

And All who purchased tickets