Lifeline hosting benefit concert at First Friends Church

Lifeline of Columbiana County Pregnancy Center is hosting a benefit concert at 3 p.m. March 16 at the First Friends Church, 1028 Jennings Ave., Salem.

Lifeline is a life affirming ministry that has been in Columbiana County for 34 years and has helped 7,900 women. Currently Lifeline is a Pregnancy Resource Center providing pregnancy tests and help for women in a caring, respectful and confidential environment free of charge.

They are in the process of expanding into a medical clinic for pregnant women and will continue to provide free testing including pregnancy tests and ultra sounds to determine the viability of their pregnancies and their due dates. This fund raiser is to provide revenue for training the medial staff, the purchase of ultra sound equipment, and the procurement of a new location.

The concert will be performed by Eric Genuis, acclaimed composer and pianist, along with three world class musicians, Avery Bright, violinist; James Rosenbloom, cellist; and Autumn Boyle, vocalists.

Genuis received First Class Honors A.R.C.T. Honors in Piano Performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and completed course work in film scoring from Burklee college of Music. He began his career in Krakov, Poland, as headliner for an aids benefit concert before 15,000 people.

Currently, Genuis performs worldwide upwards of 100 concerts a year and has received praise for his work from Joel Sill, Music Supervisor for “Munich” and “Forrest Gump” and from John Debney, Film Composer for “The Passion of the Christ” and “Spy Kids.”

Bright has been playing the violin since age four and also grew up playing the fiddle. His music continues to feature both classical training and his bluegrass roots. He received a bachelor’s of music education from Wheaton College conservatory of Music and his master’s of music from Belmont University in Commercial Violin styles.

Bright has shared the stage with Neil Sadaka, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Casting Crowns, and many other well-known performers.

Rosenbloom has been playing the cello since he was nine years old and has performed internationally and in the United States. He received a bachelor’s of music from Louisiana State University and has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and has been invited to play in France, Italy, Costa Rica and Jamaica. Rosenbloom currently works as a composer, arranger, vocalist and actor in Nashville, Tenn.

Boyle is a rising Baltimore classical singer. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and has appeared as soprano soloist in many productions including Pachelbel’s “Magnificat.” She has also performed in several operas including “The Magic Flute,” “La Traviata” and others. She resides in Maryland and currently teaches voice and piano lessons. She also sings and cantors weekly at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation and performs at various concerts, churches and recitals.

Area churches will be aiding the Lifeline board of directors in this fund-raising event by selling tickets and promoting the concert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For information or tickets call Theresa Morris at 330-360-8827.