The Church of Taranto launches a series of concerts with ‘Todo Tango’


The Central Presbyterian Church will kick off the return of its concert series with Tango music on Sunday, an upbeat show that has people dancing in the aisles after the series’ prolonged hiatus linked to the pandemic, organizers said.

“Todo Tango” will feature Argentinian singer Ada Lis Jimena performing classics with pianist Tom Roberts and violinist Warren Davidson.

The concert is at 7 p.m. at the church, 305 Allegheny Street in Tarentum.

All ages are welcome.

“We offer concerts because the arts are important to us,” said David Rankin, event organizer.

“Cultural offerings in our local communities here are rare. These concerts allow local residents to enjoy beautiful music and quality fine art programming in our own backyard without having to travel to town.

Sunday’s concert marks the series’ seventh season after an 18-month hiatus.

Usually there are four concerts offered in each series, but Rankin said this year will see five – a reward for people after being locked in during the pandemic.

The season runs until April.

“We are a small congregation, but we have a beautiful space for concerts and the appetite for concerts in this region is great,” Rankin said.

Rankin said the church was halfway through season six when the Covid-19 shutdown hit. He chose Tango music for the return of the series to kick things off at a high tempo.

“There were kids dancing in the aisles when a similar concert happened three years ago,” he said. “We hope for the same response.”

Concerts are offered at the church through its missionary branch, Faith Community Partners. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Testifying to the popularity of the show, Rankin said they got a lot of traffic and people were eager to learn more about the performers.

“People are hungry for these programs,” he said.

The concerts are promoted through a partnership with WQED.

On November 7th, it will be “Buried Treasure: Hidden Gems for Strings” with the Academy Chamber Ensemble.

Scheduled for December 5th, “Voces Solis”, followed on February 27th with “Music of the People: Classical Music Inspired by Folk Tunes” and April 24th with “North Indian Classical Music”.

For more information, call 724-224-9220.

Tawnya Panizzi is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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