Missouri United Methodist Church will hold benefit for music director

Thursday, November 1, 2007 | 4:58 p.m. CDT; updated 1:04 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Alex Innecco singing during a performance on Sept 29.

If you go

What: “2001/7 An Immigration Odyssey,” a benefit recital for Alex Innecco When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. Admission: Free, but donations are accepted.

Related Articles


COLUMBIA — Alex Innecco, a Brazilian who leads the substantil music program at Missouri United Methodist Church, has spent thousands of dollars and several years trying to stay in his adopted home. This weekend, Innecco and his musician friends will try to raise money in the way they know best: making music.

Innecco is calling the benefit recital Saturday “2001/7 An Immigration Odyssey” in reference to the six years he has spent in pursuit of visas and his green card.

“I knew it was going to be a lengthy project,” Innecco said of the process. “I didn’t know it was going to be so much work and so expensive. I have spent $10,000, and I still have $7,000 to go.”

All of the performers volunteered for the recital, including Mark Cover, associate music director at the church and one of three pianists performing in an effort to thank Innecco for his contribution to the church and Columbia’s music scene.

“We lived here before he came and I was actually involved as a volunteer in his hiring process at the church,” Cover said. “Comparing not only the music scene but also the scene at the church before and after, he has been revolutionary in the enthusiasm and involvement of the music and the musicians at the church and in the community.”

Flutist Michael White and oboist Greg Grobe are members of Innecco’s orchestra at the church and will also perform on the recital.

“I’m touched at the response,” Innecco said. “That has been my experience with the generosity of people.”

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.