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"Families of Music" features many talented artists
The Families of Music concert will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, 4-6pm at Blessed Trinity Church. The concert is a benefit for Frankenmuth International Aid Foundation and Medical Missionaries Dr. Larry and Lori Whiting.
Two of the featured artists will be Aiden Harmon and Madalyn McHugh.
Aiden Harmon discovered his music early in life. As a sixth grader living in the Upper Peninsula, Aiden began to play the upright bass in the school orchestra. Regional performances soon brought him in contact with musicians from Northern Michigan University and the opportunity to play with the Summer Youth Orchestra Program at the University of Wisconsin. Moving to Frankenmuth, he was invited to play with the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra and entered the Frankenmuth Public School’s music program under Eric Clauder. In 2014, he took part in a Blue Lake Summer Jazz Program.
Today as a classical, jazz and electric bassist, Aiden, now a sophomore at Frankenmuth High School, plays with the school’s jazz band, marching and concert bands, as well as musical pit orchestra. He regularly takes part in solo and ensemble festivals, and plays weekly with the praise band from Frankenmuth United Methodist Church.
Aiden’s future plans include continuing his music studies, majoring in performance; as well as attending luthier school for classical instrument construction. He’s looking forward to a six week internship this summer with Gene Hansen of the Ainesis Guitar Co., a professional luthier in Traverse City.
Madelyn McHugh is a Caro recording artist currently attending Saginaw Valley State University where she is pursuing a career in Classical Music. Madalyn is a highly sought after musician who recorded her first CD at one of Nashville Tennessee’s most prestigious studios, Darkhorse, in 2010.
Following her CD release she spent a year touring her home state at a variety of festivals, concerts, and special events. She received extensive radio play from around the country and one of her tracks, This Side of Love, was added to the Soft Adult Contemporary Inspirational “Most Added” chart in Billboard Magazine. She has opened for Nashville recording artists “Sidewalk Prophets” and internationally acclaimed jazz guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.
Tickets for the concert are being sold at Little White House on Main, Frankenmuth Visitor Center, Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie and will also be available at the door.