Meetinghouse Concert: Music for the body, songs for the soul

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The Deerfield Valley's Meetinghouse Concert series, held at the West Dover Congregational Church, resumes on Sunday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m., in a program called, "Music for the Body, Songs for the Soul," with Admission by donation, the proceeds of which will go to Kurn Hattin Homes for Children.

Often referred to as "soulful" and "moving," vocalist Zo Krohne's singing communicates directly to audiences in various settings, both large and intimate.

Krohne took her first steps toward life as a professional musician at age 17. Having studied piano and singing for most of those tender years, she became half of the folk duo, Zo and Cory, based out of St. Louis. They worked their way through college together, performing their original music in venues large and small throughout the Midwest. During those years, Krohne also pursued a degree in music performance while contributing to various local bands ranging in styles from roots Americana and blues to good ol' rock n' roll, opening for such acts as The Byrds and Ani DiFranco. Upon receiving her degree, Zo moved to San Francisco where she performed at local venues including Freight and Salvage and The Chapel.

Now back in her birthplace of Boston, Krohne has expanded her musical expression to include jazz, R&B, and soul. She worked for both Berklee College of Music and Boston University's School of Music over the course of a decade, which steeped her in the presence and practice of masters of their craft.

Today, Krohne serves as song-leader for the Jazz Worship service at Old South Church in Copley Square. She has been the vocalist for many events including Boston's Pride celebration with Sen. Elizabeth Warren as special guest, twice for the "Service of Resiliency" which was planned annually for the survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy, an inter-faith service of healing held at Trinity Church after the election in 2016, and for Mass General Hospital's annual Black History Month celebration. Krohne also sings in the funk, soul and R&B group The RPS Band.

Krohne will be joined by saxophonist Willie Sordillo, who directs the weekly jazz worship service at Old South Church in Boston and co-lead the award winning group Flor de Ca a. The concert is hosted and sponsored by West Dover Congregational. United Church of Christ, An Open and Affirming Congregation, 104 VT Route 100.

For more information, contact Pastor Jeremy Kirk via email PastorJeremyKirk@gmail.com or by phone at the church 802-464- 1195, or visit westdoverchurch.com.

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