Group to illuminate the Lakeway Area with orchestral manoeuvres

Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

ViolinA truly unique experience will come about next weekend as the Mitch Smith Orchestra will raise its strings and horns to take the audience to “The Edge of Lucidity.”

The Mitch Smith Orchestra made up of local Lakeway Area musicians will perform a symphonic rock show of sorts to help benefit the Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter.

The concerts will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. inside Morristown West High School’s auditorium.

Mitch Smith said he and his orchestra mates are excited to perform once again in the community.

He said they intend to thrill the audience with an array of selections from Mozart to Pink Floyd. Smith rearranged and writes a lot of the music on his own that will be featured at the concert so the music will sound familiar and new at the same time.

“We’re very anxious for people to see the concert. I really like positivity. I want the show to be inspiring and a positive experience for everyone involved,” Smith said.

Smith said the show will feature a video component that goes along with the music.

M.A.T.S. Executive Director Dr. Gary Brewster said the group performed to benefit the shelter about three years ago to a sold out audience and people have been begging to hear them again.

Brewster said the concert will help M.A.T.S. after a busier than usual summer.

“This summer we’ve had two and a half times more people we’ve served than average. We’ve been in a tremendous need. Our biggest increase was in female dormitory and also the family units are at capacity. So proceeds from this will directly go to help serve those already in the shelter,” Brewster said.

Brewster said M.A.T.S. has started a new job readiness program to help their residents present skills in an honest and effective way on interviews and resumes to help them better obtain a job. The program lasts 23 sessions and helps the residents look at what caused their situation of homelessness.

The concert will also help Smith reach out in the community to find more musicians. He hopes to start enlarging the orchestra with more participants so the group can travel and perform to aid and raise money for worthwhile causes.

Opening for the orchestra will be popular local band, 40 to 5 on Friday and pop-rock local teen band, Lydian on Saturday.

Tickets are $15 and available at M.A.T.S, Retro and the Trade Center in Morristown. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $18.

-By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer

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