Concert to benefit ministry youth center

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Community Strings will perform a concert benefiting Northern Cambria’s Coal Country Hangout Youth Center at 7:30 p.m. on May 17 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1006 Chestnut Ave., Northern Cambria.

The concert will include music by Bach, Charpentier and Gliere, as well as music written more recently for string orchestra. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Coal Country is an independent, non-profit organization directed by Deacon Ann Staples. It is a supported ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

The Coal Country Hangout provides services ranging from daycare and preschool for young children, to afterschool activities for teens and experiential learning programs conducted with local school districts. It is the only program of its kind in the region bounded by Altoona, Johnstown and Indiana.

The JSO’s Community Strings program, now in its tenth year, brings together musicians of varying skill levels who desire to play in an orchestral setting. It is under the direction of Beth Pile, Manager and Librarian of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.