Rhythm by the River

The George Nelson Memorial Concert Series, “Rhythm by the River,” was initiated and endowed in 2007 in memory of and in tribute to Mr. George Nelson, whose love of music resulted in a legacy to promote an outreach mission through Bethany UMC and to the Middle Peninsula community at large. It began with the procurement of a beautiful Steinway piano, and continues with regular presentations of talent in celebration.  Mr. Nelson felt strongly that music is a vital part of the church to glorify our Lord and to recover the heart of worship.  Mr. Nelson’s mission then, as it is ours now, is that churches will grow through their mission, ministry, and music.

Over the past ten years, our free concert series has included many notable artists, among them: The Manhattan Piano Trio, USAF Langley Winds, The Tom Euler Band, The American Youth Harp Ensemble, Maria Von Trapp, Virginia Voices International, The Virginia Mountain Boys, Dean Shostak and his glass harmonica, and always an annual favorite, Dr. Rudy Shackelford, Bethany’s own organist. 

2019-2020 Concert Schedule
Sunday, October 27, 2019 — Something Different Duo
Sunday, November 24, 2019 — Rudy Shackelford, Piano & Organ
Sunday, March 22, 2020 — Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band
Sunday, April 19, 2020 — Norfolk Street Choir

All concerts are at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary and are free and open to the public.

Click HERE to download a copy of the 2019-2020 brochure.



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