Play It Forward heads to Belfast

Feb 12, 2019
The Greater Belfast Area Ministerium Food Cupboard is driven by volunteers and will be the beneficiary of March’s Play It Forward Music Company concert.

Belfast — The Rockland-based Play It Forward Music Company, LLC will bring its Great Movie Songs Of The Past concert to Belfast on Sunday, March 31. The benefit concert is set for 3 p.m. at First Church UCC, 8 Court St.

This will be the first time the music company, comprising all volunteer musicians who perform in support of local community organizations, will perform.

“The First Church in Belfast graciously offered to host the event. I couldn’t be more excited to have such a beautiful venue,” said Maryann Jacks, director of the music company, who has personally visited numerous businesses in Belfast in order to meet people and solicit support for the concert.

Great Movie Songs Of The Past will take the audience on a 75-year musical journey to some of the most beloved songs of the Silver Screen. Featuring Mathew Mainster on piano, the show has grown since its last performance in October to include nearly 20 volunteer musicians along with some 20 songs. A visual presentation will silently announce each movie and song as musicians quietly move throughout the venue.

“I love to keep a sense of movement and an element of surprise to the performance, while at the same time establish an intimate connection with our audience,” said Jacks.

The Greater Belfast Area Ministerium Food Cupboard has been named the recipient of the organization’s Spotlight on Community award for this concert. Presented to a local community organization that provides important services, outreach and makes an ongoing difference in people’s lives, this award will help raise awareness about the organization’s mission and work through concert publicity, recognize GBAM’s years of service at the concert and lend a helping hand with a financial donation from a portion of the concert proceeds. The GBAM Food Cupboard, with a mission to collect, store, distribute food and promote nutrition for those in need in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, has some 100 volunteers from eight different member faith communities.

The GBAM Food Cupboard provides food for approximately 180 families, receiving donations from individuals, businesses, food drives, etc. It represents “a true coming together of community to help address the nationwide problem of food insecurity facing so many families today … we will do our best to sing and play our hearts out on behalf of them,” said Jacks.

The concert is free, with a suggested donation of $10. For more information, email; call (732) 890-3958; or visit the Play It Forward Music Company page on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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