Jason Asbury returning for third-annual concert at First Christian Church

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Jason Asbury

In an annual homecoming that has become a tradition, a Putnam County native will return to the Greencastle church where he once served as organist and music director for a concert Friday evening.

At 7:30 p.m., First Christian Church will present the third annual installment of the Asbury Concert Series: New Horizons, featuring Jason Asbury, an alumnus of both South Putnam High School and DePauw University.

Asbury’s musical resume since leaving Putnam County includes performances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and his current positions include music director at Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, N.J., and music director and associate head of the Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He will be playing the historic First Christian Church pipe organ alongside musicians from the DePauw University School of Music.

Other alumni returning for this concert are 2018 graduates Blake and Shannon Beckemeyer, now singing around Indianapolis and as part of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music graduate program.

This concert is the third installment of what organizers plan as a continuing tradition for Greencastle and Putnam County for years to come.

This event encourages former students to come back to their hometown roots and share the knowledge they have gained from their travels with others. It incorporates opportunities for students to perform their craft outside of the classroom in a relaxed atmosphere with professionals in the field and also helps the local community by the series’ partnership with local organizations.

The concert also serves as a fundraiser for the Endowment for Arts in Putnam County, a grant organization that provides funds for arts initiatives, arts education, and performance opportunities for members of the Putnam County community.

These initiatives are for the betterment of Putnam County, and must in some way engage or raise awareness for members of the community and provide enriching arts experiences in meaningful ways. A free-will collection will be encouraged during the concert for those who would like to donate to this effort.

There will be a small reception before the performance at 7:15 p.m., held up and through the concert’s brief intermission.

The concert will run approximately 90 minutes in total and will range in musical selections from musical theater, opera, choral chamber music, instrumental pieces and contemporary genres with the theme of “new horizons.”

Concert organizers hope to fill the church with music lovers, people passionate about their community and everyone else in between for a wonderful night of music.

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