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In the Spring of 2023,  a dearly beloved member of St. Thomas', Mary Whittle, died.  Mary was a long time member of the church and was involved in many aspects of church life. She was a member of the choir, served on the Vestry, and spent time in charge of the Properties Committee. Mary was a dedicated volunteer with the Food Pantry, and she enjoyed the fellowship and camaraderie of the Parking Lot Ladies.  She was a retired English Teacher and in the early seventies, she was a strong advocate for women’s rights and was the President of the Richmond Chapter of the NOW.  Mary loved music and was often reduced to tears by the beauty of what she was listening to.  We hope naming this concert series after her will be an honor to her memory.

Thank you for a successful first season of the Mary Whittle Concert Series!

We had four concerts in total and welcomed approximately 377 audience members. Tenor Will Ferguson and pianist Jim Smith-Parham started off the series in November with an evening of Shubert, Hahn, Ives, Copland, Kern, Gershwin, Porter, and Coward. Cello, flute, oboe, and organ accompanied the St. Thomas’ Choir and community singers for an Advent Concert in December. In January, the John Winntet performed jazz standards and original compositions. Finally, we hosted Soprano Margaret Taylor-Woods in April with Melanie Kohn Day, pianist, Roland Karnatz, clarinet, and Chase Peak, baritone, who performed classical arts songs, opera, and Broadway tunes. 

A huge thank you to all who made this opening season a success by helping with ticket sales, ushering, bringing food for the fabulous receptions, and more! We couldn't do this without your support. Mary would have been so proud to have been the inspiration for such beautiful music here at St. Thomas'. 

Stay tuned for an announcement for the 2024-2025 season of the Mary Whittle Concert Series! 


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