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Arts Council fund-raiser will honor memory of Clint Morse

London resident Clint Morse was an exceptional musician whom Mark Potter, a representative of the Madison County Arts Council, describes asthe most talented, generous, humble person with whom hes ever had the pleasure to perform.

Morse, 76, passed away in November prior to the Arts Councils annual Musical Revue, for which he was to serve as music director. The Arts Council cancelled the show and has since regrouped to presentThrough the Years, a two-show dinner fund-raiser set for Jan. 8 to benefit the Arts Council and the Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic, for which Morse was a volunteer.

“Its cliché to use the word ‘irreplaceable, but the fact is, Clint is irreplaceable, Potter said.The quality of music because of his involvement was 10-fold better than it wouldve been if he had not donated his time and talents.

Morse arranged the music for many of the Arts Councils popular musical revues. He also was part of the organizations Sounds of the Season shows and played in the pit orchestra for a number of the Arts Councils summer musicals.

“Clint was a pianist extraordinaire and an arranger by trade, Potter said.He arranged songs in a way that made them really come alive… He also had an understanding for the flow of a show—what people would respond to as opening and closing numbers, the pacing of tunes… He was indispensible in every aspect of making a show better.

Arts Council members will do their best to emulate and honor Morse at the Jan. 8 fund-raiser, which will take place at  Ann & Tonys Restaurant in West Jefferson. Show times are 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Both shows will feature songs from past musical revues and summer musical productions. Among the revue songs areGeorgia on My Mind,Frim Fram Sauce,Baby Face andSomewhere Over the Rainbow. Musical numbers will includeIf I Loved You from Carousel,Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin from Oklahoma!,Lida Rose from The Music Man, and others.

Chase Potter, a 2011 West Jefferson High School graduate now a freshman at the acclaimed Berklee School of Music in Boston, will return to Madison County to perform in both shows. Among the events other performers are Ailene Albrecht, Joe Blaho, Patrice Fahy, Jordan Hoffman, Betty Londergan, Harold McNeal, Crystal Moran, the Music Men of London barbershop quartet, Julie Oswalt, Paul Oswalt, Jordan Penix, Mark Potter, Tracy Potter, Stephanie Stephens, Bruce Thompson and Casey Wilson.

Two instrumental ensembles will accompany the vocalists, one for the revue songs and the other for the musical songs, moving from one dining room to the other halfway through each performance. The music from one room will be broadcast to the other so that all in attendance will be able to hear all of the music being performed.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a meal of chicken parmesan and lasagna, salad, dessert and a beverage. Reservations may be made starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 27 by email only at Reservation requests should specify the number of tickets, show time choice, and a phone number for a contact person. Seating will be pre-assigned.

For questions only, call Mark Potter at (614) 879-5005.

Established in November 1996, the Madison County Arts Council has presented entertainment for people of all ages since its first public program in August 1997.

The Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic, based in London, provides basic medical care to Madison County residents who are uninsured.

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