“Songs of Love and Joy,” a benefit concert, will feature Alexandra Farkas and Hyosang Park performing works by Donaudy, Puccini, Fauré, Schwartz, and Hayes. An offering will be taken for
for the Princeton United Methodist Church Appalachia Service Project. The church’s youth mission team will host a reception after the concert. The concert will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m. at the church, which is located at the corner of Nassau Street and Vandeventer Avenue. Parking is free on Sundays.
Farkas, a Belle Mead resident, has a Bachelor of Music and a master’s degree in teaching from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she sang with the world-renowned Symphonic Choir that performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Currently she studies with Mark Moliterno. A K-12 certified music teacher in New Jersey, Farkas teaches in the Music Together program in schools in the Trenton area.
Park leads the chancel choir and handbell choir at the church. She has master’s degrees in sacred music and piano performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. A Cranbury resident, Park has private piano students and also teaches at St. Jerome Catholic School in West Long Branch.
For four decades, youth from PUMC have been participating in the national program to help make homes in Appalachia warmer, safer, and drier. Preparation for this year’s trip to Sullivan County, Tennessee includes fundraising, learning Appalachian culture, basic construction skills, and the meaning of service to others.