Oakmont church explores spirituality with music program
By Rex Rutkoski
Published: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, 8:07 p.m.
A free Broadway-style show that bills itself as being “laced with comedy and filled with inspiration” will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 at Oakmont United Methodist Church.
Columnist-humorist Jonathan Richard Cring, who also is a musician and songwriter, and artist-musician Janet Clazzy, appearing as the duo SpiriTed, present a program they are dubbing, “Finding a Message in a World aTwitter.”
It employs music, songs, stories, humor, dramatic readings and audience participation to explore various aspects of spirituality and how it can be applied to everyday life.
“It brings the ‘spiritual' to the ‘practical,' offering creative solutions to problems,” says Steve Kimbrell, a SpiriTed spokesman. “It is full of insight on how to find creative ways to resolve issues in life. I can't stress enough how practical it is.”
“In a day and age of social networking, a great development and a tremendous way of communicating, we human beings still need a chance to use our sense of touch and seeing to balance out our lives,” Cring adds. “We just take an hour and bring back variety, comedy and sensitivity in a live format where those who have come to watch have the sensation that we're walking on a high wire right in front of them.”
It's exciting and fun, says Cring, who will draw on comedic and inspirational essays from his national daily column at www.jonathots.com. He also plays keyboards and sings.
Clazzy, an oboe player, musical arranger for the cinema and the first female conductor of an orchestra in Tennessee, will perform original music on the oboe and a horn called the WX-5 Wind Machine, which has the ability to produce the sounds of 250 different instruments. She has been referred to as “the female Kenny G.”
“We call the music ‘clazzy,' ” she says, offering the spirit of classical and the soul of jazz-pop.
Cring: “People walk out of my concerts and talk to me at my book table (he is the author of 11 books and writer of 14 feature-length films) who are 6 years old and 96 with equal enthusiasm and ease. Somewhere along the line, creativity removes the wrinkles from our lives and replaces them with new possibilities.”
A free-will offering will be taken and copies of books, CDs and DVDs will be available.
Rex Rutkoski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4664 or email@example.com.
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