Lake Junaluska, N.C. - Lake Junaluska will host two concerts during the first weekend of August at the historic Stuart Auditorium. On Friday, August 4, the Lake Junaluska Singers take the stage to give their final concert of the summer, and on Saturday, August 5, two Broadway stars will perform.
Everyone is invited to attend the two concerts. The concerts are taking place in part to celebrate the annual gathering of the Lake Junaluska Associates, an organization that provides volunteers, financial support and promotion for the programs and facilities at Lake Junaluska.
“Over the last 49 years the Lake Junaluska Associates have contributed $3.5 million to support the capital improvement and mission of Lake Junaluska,” said Jack Ewing, executive director of Lake Junaluska. “The annual gathering of this amazing group of generous people who love the lake is a highlight of the year for us.”
Each August the Lake Junaluska Associates meet to catch up on group business, honor their members and be in fellowship. Concerts have always been a mainstay of the weekend— especially the Lake Junaluska Singers concert— because many members of the Lake Junaluska Associates support the Singers through charitable gifts and volunteering.
“The Lake Junaluska Singers will present their final concert of the summer season during the August Concert Weekend,” said Mary Huff, interim director of the Lake Junaluska Singers. “It will round out a stellar season of diverse and artistically challenging music by this top-notch group of young people.”
The August 4 concert continues that pattern of musical diversity by featuring everything from newly -composed sacred anthems to traditional gospel music and spirituals to opera and Broadway gems.
The Singers won’t be the only ones singing a few Broadway tunes. Broadway singers Nat Chandler and Sarah Pfisterer will take on some of Broadway’s most beloved tunes on Saturday, August 5.
“Every year the Lake Junaluska Associates schedule some amazing entertainment in addition to the Singers,” Ewing said. “This year’s concert featuring Nat chandler and Sarah Pfisterer is no different. It should be fantastic.”
Nat Chandler has worked both nationally and internationally on some of the biggest shows in Broadway history, including Into the Woods, The Phantom of the Opera and The Scarlet Pimpernel, while Sarah Pfisterer has appeared in over 1,000 performances as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera as well as a successful turn as Magnolia in Showboat.
According to Chandler, their concert will feature a wide spectrum of music from Broadway’s golden era.
“The unique and special thing about Broadway songs is that they take you on a journey,” Chandler said. “They’re like little playlettes within themselves and we hope people will leave feeling uplifted by the music of Broadway.”
General admission tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.lakejunaluska.com/concerts or at the Bethea Welcome Center.
Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com.