‘Music on a Mission’ will provide funds for local organizations
Danny Mitchell is coming home once again to be part of “Music on a Mission,” a program he helped create seven years ago and one that benefits local organizations.
“Music on a Mission” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, downtown Stevens Point, 1300 Main St., Stevens Point.
Nashville-based pianist and singer-songwriter Mitchell will return for the annual concert, which will include Christmas classics and Mitchell’s original music, and will feature both central Wisconsin-based and Nashville-based musicians.
“I live for music, so this concert is very fulfilling for me personally,” Mitchell said, “but also knowing that the money we raise does so much good around the area – that’s the most important part.”
Ticket cost is $20 for adults amd $15 for students and youth. They are available online at www.mitchellpianoworks.com or by calling Mitchell Piano Works at 715-341-8419 or Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church at 715-341-3040. Mitchell’s Christmas album “Savior on the Way” will be available for purchase, and a reception will follow both concerts with complimentary desserts.
Proceeds from the concert go to the Frame Memorial Presbyterian Community Grants Committee, which last year, was able to give – including dollars raised from the concert – more than $10,000 to different local nonprofit organizations.
“We are grateful to Danny, and all the folks who attend this wonderful concert, for helping us to help others in this way,” said Rev. Susan Zencka of Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, Stevens Point.
Each year, the Frame Community Grants Committee awards funds to various organizations with a variety of needs. Mitchell receives a letter annually showing exactly where the funds go.
“It is amazing to see the impact it can have,” he said.
In years past, money raised has gone to Operation Bootstrap, Boys & Girls Club of Portage County and numerous other nonprofits, Zencka said.
“Music on a Mission” began in 2009 when Mitchell worked with Frame Memorial to find a way to come home for the holidays and put on a concert. He did not want the event to be a financial venture for himself, he said, “but rather one that did good for the community.”
A 2001 graduate of Stevens Point Area Senior High School, Mitchell is a 2006 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in jazz piano and composition, and currently is a full-time musician in Nashville. He spends time songwriting, arranging, producing and playing piano and/or trumpet on recording sessions. He has performed around the country in venues including Chicago’s House of Blues, Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe and Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry.