'Music in the Air' concert and silent auction to benefit Salvation Army

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 12:53 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of Columbia will host the second annual "Music in the Air" concert and silent auction on March 11. 

Last year's concert raised $2,700. The Women's Auxiliary hopes to make double that amount this year. All money raised is through donations and the silent auction. Donations are accepted at the door, and suggested amounts are $12 for adults and $8 for students. 

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What: Second annual "Music in the Air" concert and silent auction

When: 3 p.m. March 11

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St.

Who: Donations benefit the Salvation Army. 

"I hate to put a number on that," said Judith McKenney, program chair of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary League. "I just hope everybody turns out for this fantastic group of musicians."

The concert will include a wide variety of music. The genres will include jazz piano, classical guitar, interpretive dance and Chinese opera, McKenney said. 

"If you don't like one type of music, just wait three minutes, because it will soon change," McKenney said. 

All performers are professional musicians with a long list of accolades, McKenney said. 

The masters of ceremony will be Handy Williamson Jr., vice provost for international programs at MU, and his wife, Barbara Williamson, an associate teaching professor at MU. 

The silent auction will include items donated from local businesses and residents. Bidding on the items will take place during a 15-minute intermission, and all winners will be announced at the end of the concert. 

All proceeds from this concert and silent auction will be donated to the Salvation Army in Columbia. The purpose is to provide local families with financial resources needed during crisis situations, according to an email received on behalf of the Women's Auxiliary.

The event will take place at 3 p.m. March 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St. The concert is expected to last an hour and 45 minutes. 

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