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Aug. 15 concert to help Sanctuary hospice BY ANGELA STOREY

A musician with ties to Booneville will be one of the performers taking part in the Sounds of Sanctuary concert to support Sanctuary Hospice on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Link Centre in Tupelo. Featured performers will be Nan Lawrence Holder (flute) of Tupelo, who is originally from Booneville, Martha Frances Monroe (piano) of New Albany and Svetlana Kaltchenko (violin) of Tupelo. The musicians have recorded a live CD of music, also titled “Sounds of Sanctuary,” which will be featured at the concert. The CD will be available for $10. All proceeds from CD sales and concert will go to Sanctuary Hospice. Guest artist will be Mary Donnelly Haskell of Oxford, a gifted vocalist and successful film and television actress. Sanctuary Hospice, a nonprofit organization, opened in 2005 and has served terminally ill patients in North Mississippi as well as parts of Tennessee and Alabama. Since its beginning, Sanctuary Hospice has relied on community support and donations. “I can’t express the honor it has been to work with Martha Frances and Svetlana on this project,” Holder said. “Sanctuary Hospice is a wonderful place and has lovingly cared for friends of mine, including Billie Morgan and Velma Garvin of Booneville. I am so thankful that we can support them through music.” The Sounds of Sanctuary project began as a discussion about three years ago, she said. “After delays and what appeared to be the end of any chance to do the project, everything came together very fast in April of this year. All of a sudden we had a recording date for a live CD, and it all went into overdrive from there,” Holder said. “Each piece was carefully selected to emulate the atmosphere and environment Sanctuary strives to create in its

Photo courtesy of Darrell Ivy

Nan Lawrence-Holder of Tupelo, originally from Booneville, Svetlana Kaltchenko of Tupelo, and Martha F. Monroe of New Albany will perform flute, violin and piano music during a concert for Sanctuary Hospice on Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Link Centre in Tupelo. The musicians’ live CD recording, “Sounds of Sanctuary” will be featured at the concert and available for $10. All proceeds from the CD sales and concert go to Sanctuary Hospice. peaceful setting.” Holder said many others volunteered their time and talents toward the project. David Dillard, of Tupelo, produced the CD. Photographer Darrell Ivy volunteered to do photo shoots for the CD and print programs for the concert. Lance Moore, of New Albany, volunteered to do the graphic designs for the project. “It is like every door opened all at once, and all we had to do was walk through them,” she said. “People have been wonderful to provide rehearsal space, listen to recordings and rehearsals to give feedback, and just support us with encouragement when we seemed to need it most. “Sanctuary Hospice is such a worthy cause, and so many people have given their time to make this fundraiser happen.” Holder started playing piano by ear around the age of 6 and began lessons when she was around 8. Her interest was short-lived. She began playing flute at the age of 11 and has continued to play since then. She has performed with the North Mississippi Symphony

Orchestra, Tupelo Community Theatre and performs around North Mississippi when she has the opportunity. She has also performed at Oxford University and at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick, Ireland. Holder studied flute with Dr. Wade Irvin and Dr. Ellen Kaner. “Most of my musical training came directly from my family,” she says. “My mother, Rubye Penna Lawrence, was an excellent vocalist and pianist, and my father, Dean Lawrence, has been singing since he was 15.” She says she is the only one of the trio without musical “credentials.” She has a BBA from Ole Miss in Marketing and an MBA in Management from the University of Memphis. She works as an auditor for Nationwide Insurance. “My grandmother, Eron Huddleston Penna, taught me to read music before I could read words, so if someone asks me where I ‘studied’ I always think of my parents and grandmother as my main ‘professors.’ They were the basis of my musical education, and my dad is still continuing to teach

me.” Another member of the trio, Martha Frances Monroe, a native of New Albany, is currently serving as organist at First Methodist Church in New Albany. She is an adjunct faculty member at Itawamba Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College. Monroe has performed at Carnegie Hall and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Paul’s Covent Garden Church in London, La Madeleine and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, St. James Church and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and Dom Cathedral in Salzburg. Monroe started playing by ear as a preschooler and began lessons at 7. She began playing at church when she was 14 and began her life as an organist at 16. She began teaching piano lessons at 16 and has taught off and on her entire life. Monroe earned a Bachelor of Music Education at Ole Miss and a Master of Music from Mississippi College along with a Specialist in Music Education at Ole Miss. She received a Diploma in Piano from Ecole Normale de Musique-Paris, France and was the recipient of the Carnegie-Melon Fellowship for doctoral study. The third member of the trio, Svetlana Kaltchenko, was born in Moscow, Russia. She started playing violin at the age of 7. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Music Education from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Astrakhan State Conservatory in Moscow, Russia, and Master of Music and Music Pedagogy degree from University of Southern Mississippi. She played in several professional orchestras in Moscow, State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography of the USSR and Russian State Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the orchestras Kaltchenko performed in Italy, South Korea, Thailand, Germany, Austria, Czech Re-

public, and twice in the U.S.A. during two month tours in 1993, and 1996. The culmination of the tour in 1993 was the performance in Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has been a Tupelo resident since 2006. The concert’s guest artist, Mary Donnelly Haskell, is originally from Beaumont, Texas, and was crowned Miss Mississippi in 1977. She graduated with distinction from the University of Mississippi in 1981. She has starred in episodes of “Touched By An Angel,” “Seventh Heaven,” “Sisters,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Days Of Our Lives,” and over 20 movies for television, including two of the Hallmark Channel’s highest rated Christmas movies “Once Upon A Christmas” and “Twice Upon A Christmas,” which are available on DVD. An accomplished singer, she has performed at venues including The Kennedy Center, The White House, and with The Prague Symphony Orchestra. She is also a popular children’s recording artist, having released four CDs through her company, My Songs. In 2005 she released her first contemporary adult album titled “Inspired,” a collection of inspirational standards. In May 2007, she released “Power Of The Cross,” a collection of Sacred Hymns and Praise Songs recorded with The Prague Symphony, and in Christmas 2008 she released a Christmas CD titled “Just In Time for Christmas.” She continues to perform with various symphonies and at churches across the country. She currently lives in Oxford with her husband, Sam, who is the former Executive Vice President and Worldwide Head of Television for the William Morris Agency. Tickets are $10 for the Aug. 15 concert and may be purchased at Reed’s Book Store or Room to Room in Tupelo, Peas and Carrots in Oxford and Bankhead Florist in New Albany or at the door. All proceeds go to Sanctuary Hospice.

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