Stephen Bennett concert benefits Solace for the Children
by Staff Writer
MOORESVILLE – Stephen Bennett, an acknowledged master of the harp guitar, will perform a concert at Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 201 Fairview Road, June 10 at 8 p.m. as a benefit for Davidson-based Solace for the Children.
The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association calls Bennett “the Jedi Master of Fingerstyle Guitar.” Also a composer and teacher, Bennett has toured the word and released nearly two-dozen recordings. During concerts, he’s known to switch from his great-grandfather’s harp guitar to a slide on his 1930 National resonator guitar and back to a standard six-string,
Doors open at 7 p.m., and organizers will only accept cash for tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 10 years old. Children younger than 6 can attend free. Seating is first come-first served. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and Bennett will play two sets with an intermission.
Solace For The Children is a registered nonprofit organization of volunteers and provides medical and dental care to needy children. The heart of the ministry is a summer hosting program in which children from Afghanistan come to the United States and stay with American families during the summer for six weeks while they receive treatment.
Residents of the Lake Norman area launched Solace, and branches have since opened in Jacksonville, Fla., and Los Angeles/South Bay, Calif.
Sponsoring churches or other groups in the area cover the cost of bringing the children here. Local hospitals, doctors and nurses donate their services to treat the children.