Musicians ‘play it forward’ for Soup’s On

Oct 04, 2018
Getting ready for the Oct. 14 benefit concert are, from left, Mathew Mainster, featured pianist; Susan McGovern, Soup’s On volunteer; and Maryann Jacks of Play It Forward Music Company.

Camden — “Great Movie Songs of the Past,” a musical journey of nearly 75 years that highlights some of the most beloved songs of the silver screen, will be the debut presentation of the Play It Forward Music Company, LLC. The concert will be presented Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St./Route 1.

Both professional and amateur musicians, volunteering their time and talent in support of local community organizations, comprise the newly formed Play It Forward. Maryann Jacks of Rockland, founder and director, feels the church venue for this first concert provides the perfect setting, with a beautiful backdrop and pleasing acoustics for musicians who flow in and out of the venue to create a sense of movement, surprise and intimate connection with the audience.

A visual presentation will silently announce some 17 songs that are planned, derived from movie greats such as “Gone with the Wind,” “Titanic” and “Somewhere in Time.” All things autumn — pumpkins, mums, etc. — will add to the ambiance. Jacks said she thinks the ideal concert is a creative blend of “beautiful music, visual experiences and, most importantly, a connection with our audience”.

Instrumentalists and vocalists featured include Mathew Mainster as featured pianist. Mainster, who holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Yale School of Music in New Haven, Conn., said when he moved to Maine three years ago, he was overwhelmed by the number of talented musicians in the Midcoast community.

“What the Play It Forward Music Company is doing is giving both musicians and the community a voice. There's sure to be something for everyone in this first concert, and in the company's mission,” he said.

Each concert will highlight one community organization for a Spotlight on Community award, designed to recognize, raise awareness and lend a helping hand with a financial donation from a portion of the concert proceeds.

“Our goal is to combine our musical passions with purpose. Every day I see wonderful organizations working to provide vital community services on very limited budgets, with demands often exceeding resources,” said Jacks. “Some extra funding could go a long way to help these organizations.”

First Congregational Church’s weekly free soup lunch program will be the first recipient of this award. Approximately 45 volunteers serve up to 90 free lunches each Wednesday from October through March. Soup’s On offers delicious soups, breads and desserts, served on beautifully set tables in a comfortable, friendly environment.

The concert is free, with a suggested donation of $10. For more information, send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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