“Changing the World, One Note at a Time” That was the theme of the Junior Performance Academy’s (JPA) recent benefit concert for Master’s Manna and oh boy, did they make difference.
The JPA is composed of young musicians from across Wallingford. They range in age from 9 to 17 years old, from grades five to 12. With the goal of reaching or exceeding their $2,000 donation of 2017, the group of 20 students as well as their directors, each chose songs of inspiration and hope to perform for their audience. Solos, duets and group numbers filled a two hour concert, along with a narrative about the good work that Master’s Manna does for the Wallingford Community. When all the tallying was set and done, the group managed to exceed their desired goal, and on Tuesday afternoon, presented Master's Manna with a total of nearly $2,500.
Thanks to online donations, personal donations, ticket sales and concessions, the group was overjoyed to reach this number. Always in need of community support to help their over 400 families, Master’s Manna couldn’t be happier to accept the donation. Several of the groups members met at Master’s Manna for a tour and check presentation. They even gave a quick impromptu concert, performing “Find Your Grail” from the Broadway musical, Spamalot. The Junior Performance Academy eagerly looks forward to future concerts and musical productions to continue their support of this necessary community cornerstone.