Thank You Steve and Nancy

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Steve Tada and Nancy Nash performing at the Northern Light United Church.

Steve Tada on violin and Nancy Nash on piano played to an enthusiastic full house at the Northern Light United Church in Juneau on February 23rd as a benefit for the Empty Chair Memorial.The concert was a joy for all involved, but especially for the guests of honor, Mary Tanaka Abo and Alice Tanaka Hikido.

I don’t think words of appreciation to the two musical artists and their crew can be more eloquently expressed then these from Mary to Steve and Nancy: “Your arrangement of the Japanese song (Haru no Umi) was masterful. I couldn’t help but jump up in appreciation. The music just cut through the heart as sweet and sorrowful. Thank you again for a wonderful, soaring night that brought us all together.”

During intermission, the Gastineau Channel Historical Society presented a very large facimile check for $5,000 to the Empty Chair Project Memorial.

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Pictured, left to right: George Bonnett presents the check with Marie Darlin and Malin Babcock (4th to the right) of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society to Margie Shackelford (3rd to the right) and Mary Tanaka Abo and Alice Tanaka Hikido (5th and 6th) of the Empty Chair Committee.

A special touch at the end of the concert after the lovely Brahms Sonata No. 1 in G-Major was the presentaton of roses from the artists to the Empty Chair Committee members and floral bouquets to Mary and Alice .

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Alice Hikido and Steve Tada

At last count, the concert raised another $2,200.00 dollars for the Empty Chair Memorial. As Alice Hikido put it, “My heart is full.”

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