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Liverpool First UMC hosts concert series

The love for music was the driving force for the concert series, Loomis said. She had traveled to New York City a number of times to see concerts with friends in the past, but with a lengthy drive in today's economy, there are concerns for fuel costs and the price of the ticket to think about.

"This is free. With the economic condition right now, I feel this is good for people who love live performances and can't always afford a ticket," Loomis said.

There is free babysitting provided during the concerts for adults who are looking for a musical evening before dinner, Loomis said.

Welsch and Loomis bring an added quality to the free and local concert as the setting is intimate and provides good acoustics, as they have heard from past performers. The experience becomes even more personal when the musicians decide to talk with audience members during or after a performance. This one-on-one interaction has attracted community members of all ages, Loomis said.

"Some very young people have come and sat through a concert or two," she said. "Kids are playing music already and this is a great opportunity to see live music."

Loomis said she remembers several young attendants at a performance hosted by the church that featured a world class violinist.

"There were students who said 'she was mesmerizing,'" Loomis said of Irina Muresanu, who performed in Liverpool few months ago. "She talked to them about music after the concert. That doesn't happen at other places."

The "once in a lifetime" opportunities like that are what make this event "unique," Loomis said.

The birth of the concert series was a lot of "dreaming" for some time, according to Welsch.

"We finally stopped wondering and just had to do it," Welsch said.

Although she has passed away, Sharon Fulmer, a longtime friend of Loomis' and the community, is still inspiring new activities for her neighborhood. Before she passed away, Loomis said Fulmer dreamed of having a grand piano in the sanctuary of Liverpool First UMC to support the kinds of performances that Joyful Noise is now producing.

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