2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017
‘Afternoon of Enchantment’ spotlights music of Play It Forward

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “Afternoon of Enchantment” with the musical ensemble Play It Forward at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

The audience will hear songs about dreams, fantasy and mysticism, including, "I Dreamed a Dream"; "The Impossible Dream"; "Imagination"; "That Old Black Magic"; Boulevard of Broken Dreams"; and "Pure Imagination."

Play It Forward is composed of Siouxland musicians and singers Brian Mathers, Julie Hlas, David Washburn, Joanne Fox, Robert Barry and Suzy Turnquist.

Their program is planned as part of this year’s community-wide reading initiative, “One Book One Siouxland.” In its 12th season, “One Book One Siouxland” is spotlighting “Shoeless Joe” by W.P. Kinsella, published in 1982.

In “Shoeless Joe” readers meet Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer obsessed with the beauty and history of baseball, especially the plight of his hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and the Black Sox scandal of the 1919 World Series.

Ray hears a mysterious voice that tells him to build a baseball field in his corn crop in order to give Shoeless Joe a chance at redemption. Ray blindly follows the instructions. “Shoeless Joe” was adapted for film in 1989 as “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner.

Play It Forward was formed to support local charitable causes and organizations. It has performed in and around Siouxland for the past decade contributing to fund-raisers that have generated more than $250,000 for local non-profits. The group’s tag-line, "Music on a Mission," reflects its desire to use art to support good works in our community.