Saturdays at 7 season wraps up June 24

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St. Andrew’s musical director Devon Hansen, the man behind the Saturdays at 7 concept, has tickled the ivories for many a performance at the church over the past decade.

For a decade, Saturdays at 7 concerts at St. Andrew’s United Church have entertained local residents.

The final concert of the 10th anniversary season takes place June 24, at 7 p.m., with the theme 10 Years and Counting.

The program will celebrate the accomplishments of those past years by looking back at shows from the last decade. It will feature the full force of St. Andrew’s music program, along with several guest performers from concerts past.

It will bring back familiar musical presentations from Gershwin to opera to Italian music.

The 60-voice St. Andrew’s Concert Choir and 30-member Chatham-Kent Chamber Orchestra will perform.

The concept was the dream of the then newly hired director of music at St. Andrew’s, Devon Hansen. He provided leadership for the concept, resulting in the presentation of 63 concerts since that first concert in 2013.

Most concerts featured local musicians, but some music groups from across the province have taken to the stage for some amazing performances. Hansen has played the piano and pipe organ keyboards in solo performances as well as an accompanist in many of the concerts.

There was a hiatus during the COVID years, but with a couple virtual concerts and some hybrid concerts of live performances made available online, the series.

Plans for the 2023-24 season will be announced at the June 24 performance.

Donations (suggested $15 per person) will be accepted at the door and will go towards the music program at St. Andrew’s.

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