The Herald Bulletin

February 13, 2014

Sandi Patty returning 'home'

Singer returns 'home' to perform with ASO

By Kelly Dickey The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — Contemporary Christian singer Sandi Patty will return to Anderson this weekend for a performance at the Paramount Theatre.

Patty will perform with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra for its Valentine’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Richard Sowers is conducting the concert, where the ASO and Patty will perform some of her favorite songs from Broadway musicals.

The Grammy and Dove award-winning songstress said it’s been a long time since she’s performed with the Anderson orchestra and a reunion is long overdue.

“I love any time I get to work with the symphony,” she said. “Everyone is creating music at the same time. It’s all live music and for me, there’s just no greater musical experience than that.”

She’s performing some of her favorite songs from Broadway musicals, including “Send in the Clowns” from “A Little Night Music” and a medley from “The Sound of Music.”

Dana Stone, ASO executive director, said Patty hasn’t performed with the orchestra since she’s been with the symphony. She said she can’t wait to meet the singer and hear her perform live.

“She’s a real big name, not just here, but nationwide, so it’s cool to have an artist of that caliber with our orchestra,” she said.

Of course, Patty is no stranger to Anderson. An alumna of Anderson University, she lived in the area for more than 30 years and her parents still reside here.

Patty said when she returns to Madison County, it’s a way to honor her roots and say thank you to the community that’s been important to her and her family.

The city has played a huge role in her faith and career, including her involvement in the Church of God Convention, which is leaving Anderson for the first time in almost 100 years to relocate to Oklahoma City, where Patty now lives.

“I think it’s always a challenge when life sort of moves on,” she said about the convention moving. “It’s always a challenge to say, ‘How can we keep the essence of who we are, yet adapt?’ Not change with the times, but adapt.”

Patty said she thinks Oklahoma City’s location will help attract people from the West Coast and other areas who may not be able to travel to Indiana as easily.

But no matter where the convention is held or where she performs, there’s always something special about returning to Anderson.

“Anderson is home and it will always be home,” Patty said. “It was for 30-plus years. It’s going to be home forever.”

The Valentine’s Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets range from $22 to $32 for adults and $5 to $26 for students. Concertgoers are also invited to an after-party hosted by the ASO board at Laura Sandlin Agency. Those tickets are $10.

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If you go... Sandi Patty will perform with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra for its Valentine's Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Paramount Theatre, 1124 Meridian Plaza, Anderson. Tickets range from $5 to $26 for students and $22 to $32 for adults. They can be purchased in advance at andersonsymphony.org, or call 644-2111, or at the box office one hour before concert. Upcoming Anderson Symphony Orchestra events: Symphony for Kids on March 3; "Carmina Burana" on April 5; A Little Night Music on June 26; A Symphony of Fun, Vintage Carnival on Sept. 13; and Murder Mystery Dinner Nov. 21 and 22 at The Edge.