Symphony Collaboration: "Sacred Sounds at Mercy"

August 1, 2017

Relaxing music meant to promote wellness and balance will fill the atrium of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith’s Medical Building beginning next week and continuing through the summer.

Mercy and the Fort Smith Symphony are collaborating during July and August to present “Sacred Sounds at Mercy” near the Medical Building entrance to the hospital. The public is invited to attend at no charge. Performances begin at 10 a.m. and will last approximately 1 1/2 hours.

The first performance in the series July 31 will feature guitarist Gary Hutchison. Hutchison’s guitar prowess is widely known around the area. He has played with such acclaimed bands as Oreo Blue, Southern Fried, David and The Immatures and Robben Ford. His energy and passion for music are an integral part of his performances.

Additional performances in the series include:

Aug. 2, Soothing Violin by Karen Jeter

Karen Jeter is associate concertmaster of the Fort Smith Symphony and founding member of the Fort Smith Symphony String Quartet. She is the founder/director/teacher of Fort Smith Suzuki Strings. Her music degrees include violin performance, pedagogy and conducting.

Aug. 7, Mellow Cello by Barbara Godette

Barbara Godette is assistant principal cello of the Fort Smith Symphony and a member of the Fort Smith Symphony String Quartet. She is an instructor of cello at the Community School of Arts and has performed in numerous concerts thought the River Valley.

Aug. 9, Pure Percussion by Tommy Dobbs

Tommy Dobbs is Instructor of music-percussion at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and is co-principal percussion of the Fort Smith Symphony. He has performed with many orchestras and percussion ensembles thought the United States. He has completed advanced degrees in percussion at Florida State University.

Aug. 14, Delicate Duo by Lori Fay, violin, and Barbara Godette, cello 

Soothing music for string duo will be performed by Lori Fay, associate concertmaster of the Fort Smith Symphony and Barbara Godette, assistant principal cellist of the Fort Smith Symphony.   Fay is a master instructor of violin at the Community School of the Arts in Fort Smith and is the leader of the Chamber Strings ensemble. She holds a master’s of music in teaching degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s of music in violin performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Fay has held positions with the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera Orchestras.

Aug. 16, Hushed Guitar by Tom Ware

Tom Ware is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter who plays guitar, violin, piano, mandolin, banjo and bass. He has played music professionally in many different countries as well as most of the United States over the last 40 years. His original music is available on his website or at

Aug. 21, Serene Strings by the Fort Smith Symphony String Quartet

For over 15 years, the Fort Smith Symphony String Quartet has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the River Valley and eastern Oklahoma.  From chamber music recitals to school educational performances, the Quartet, comprised of professional musicians from the Fort Smith Symphony, performs a wide variety of music from classics to pop. 

Aug. 23, Native Flute by Jennifer Peck

Jennifer Peck, flutist, is a native of Oklahoma City but has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and in many countries across Europe including Germany, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Spain, and the British Isles. She studied at OBU, the Boston Conservatory and the University of Oklahoma. She is the principal flutist with the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria – a position she has held for the last eight years. She also holds the position of principal piccolo for the Fort Smith Symphony and the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra. She periodically performs with the OKC & Norman Philharmonic Orchestras and she is the past principal flute of the Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw, Indiana. Peck teaches Native American music, world music, and film music at the University of Oklahoma.

Karen Jeter

Karen Jeter

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