The Arts for the Soul music and fine arts series presented the annual Sing from the Heart dessert concert and charity fundraiser Nov. 3 with the theme “Songs of Light and Hope” at First Presbyterian Church. A freewill donation was taken for the i2 Choir and the Lincoln Community Playhouse Penguin Project.
Performing were the First Presbyterian Choir, directed by Dr. Brian Pfoltner, the i2 Choir, directed by Dr. Rhonda Fuelberth, and guitar soloist Daniel Martinez.
The i2 Choir is an inclusive and intergenerational choral organization that seeks to provide a model for inclusive choral music experiences. Members consist of “singing teams” of two to four members who want to sing with and support family members and friends with a variety of physical, sensory and cognitive challenges.
The Penguin Project was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan to bring young artists with special needs and peer mentors together to create a theater production. In Lincoln, it is sponsored by the Lincoln Community Playhouse.
Both choirs sang separately as well as combining on one piece. Daniel Martinez played a guitar solo as well as providing music while the desserts were served. Dr. Rhonda Fuelberth, director of the i2 Choir, spoke about her group, and Morrie Enders, executive director of the Lincoln Community Playhouse, spoke about The Penguin Project. A freewill donation of $1,780 was collected and divided between the two groups.