Published: April 4, 2013
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You already are their neighbors, now the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit wants you to bring your children to experience a unique concert with a very special guest this weekend.
"Jazz for Kids," the final concert of the church's arts series for 2012-2013, will be held this Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. in the church's sanctuary, located at 300 School St. in Clarks Summit. Featuring music composed by Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," the concert aims to teach children about how jazz music is created.
Rev. Bill Carter, the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit and an accomplished jazz musician in his own right, explained how Rogers' music was the perfect fit for this concert.
"As we began to look over the tunes we will present that day, we realized that a lot of them are timeless and catchy," he said. "They linger with us a lot longer than we think they should, which is a quality of a good piece of music. A lot of his lyrics have to do with basic human questions."
Part of the concert's fun will include a visit from David Newell, better known as Mr. McFeely, the friendly postman from "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," whom Carter met last summer while playing a jazz concert.
"Mister Rogers Neighborhood was one of the very few shows I could ever remember that had live jazz on the show, especially when he'd visit Handyman Negri's workshop because Joe Negri is a top-flight jazz guitarist," he said. "One of the things that concerns me is that the audience for jazz music needs to grow and I believe it can grow if children are exposed to it. There are so few places for children to hear live music that we want to do this as a gift to the community."