October 3, 2008

Love Music? Sylvia Theater’s the Place to Be Tuesday Night for Benefit Concert

By Shannon Greene / [email protected]

YORK - Educator Ron Wright shifts focus from school matters to making music Tuesday, when he debuts as bassist for Ansel Couch and Tracy Johnson.

They'll cover Simon and Garfunkel, The Eagles and Seals and Crofts - "the music of our youth," said Wright, an assistant superintendent for Clover schools.

And it's all for a good cause.

The trio will perform with Woody's Music musicians at the Sylvia Theater in downtown York during a benefit for Hospice and Community Care, a Rock Hill-based organization that provides emotional support and medical care for patients at the end of their life. The show is open to the community with a $10 suggested donation. All profits go to Hospice's Danny Guyton Music Enrichment Endowment, which promotes the physical, social and/or emotional well-being of Hospice patients and families through music.

Wright, a former band director who spent 13 years in one of the area's premier beach bands, is excited about the show.

"I was blown away by Ansel and Tracy," Wright said. "I can't believe they're undiscovered. Those guys' harmonization is natural - it's an amazing sound."

Wright said anyone who appreciates acoustic music of the 1960s and 1970s will love the show, regardless of their age.

In fact, Wright had so much fun at their first practice that he hopes something more comes out of it.

"I've missed the music scene," Wright said, quipping that he wouldn't mind "this turning into a permanent gig."

But Wright's especially eager about supporting the cause.

"Cancer's really hit me pretty close over the last five years," he said. "My mom's a survivor of breast cancer."

Tony Caruso, community relations coordinator with Hospice, said the musicians and event organizers have all been "touched by watching the tender care that Hospice has given their family."

He said the goal for Tuesday's concert is to raise more awareness for Hospice and help people understand that death, much like music, touches everyone.

Caruso said the audience is in for a treat.

"I absolutely love Ansel Couch," Caruso said. "He's one of my favorites. He's just so smooth. The guy's an ace - they don't get much better than that. ... And he's doing it all for the love of Hospice."

Want to go?

What: Benefit for Hospice and Community Care

Where: Sylvia Theater, 27 N. Congress St., York

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday; doors open at 7 p.m.

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Details: Call (803) 329-1500

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