ESSEX — Dan Berggren and Carl Heilman will present an evening of Adirondack sights and sounds for a fundraiser for the Essex Community Concert Series July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
“Having Dan and Carl perform a benefit program, we thought, would be a great way to invite people from all over the park to visit the Champlain Valley, get a glimpse of what it has to offer as well as sharing what our series has to offer: great music performed by both locally cherished and world famous artists at a low cost,” said Peggy Staats, committee chairman of the Essex Community Concert Series.
“It’s a good thing to support the people who book, organize and run a concert series in Essex for the good of the community at large,” Berggren said. “I can’t think of a better opportunity to get an evening of incredible Adirondack images by such a skilled photographer and teacher as Carl Heilman, combined with music and stories about the region.”
The benefit concert will consist of Heilman’s multimedia presentation “I Am the Adirondacks” and Berggren’s blend of songs and stories that he himself wrote.
“I do [my works] with words and music so the audience members’ imaginations are creating their own pictures,” Berggren said.
Berggren said he won’t know what songs he’ll be singing until the day of the concert. However, he’s certain he will be performing “Here’s to You” and “Alice.”
Berggren wrote “Here’s to You” in 1992 to celebrate the centennial of the Adirondack Park. Its four versus take the region’s history from the Native Americans to the present, with the second verse relevant to Essex and neighboring villages.
The other song, “Alice,” is based on a true story about Alice Switzer, a woman from Berggren’s hometown of Minerva, who, in her retirement, volunteered to lead a community chorus.