‘The Story Behind the Song’ concert held Sunday – Arizona News


‘The Story Behind the Song’, featuring pianist and composer Ellen Foncannon Stephenson.

Sedona United Methodist Church invites the community to a special concert featuring pianist and composer Ellen Foncannon Stephenson. The concert entitled, “The Story Behind the Song” will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 2:00p.m.

Ellen Foncannon Stephenson is the rare performing artist whose skills have transcended multiple disciplines. With early beginnings as church organist and piano accompanist, she also discovered a love of teaching, composition and performance that have resulted in a varied and successful career.

Ellen has established herself as an outstanding composer with over 600 choral and piano works, many of which are National Federation of Music Club selections. Her choral pieces, including over 40 publications, have been performed as far as Russia, and her playful parody, “Cold and Fugue Season” based on the music of Bach, has sold almost a million copies. With permission from the composer, Wayland Holyfield, Ellen wrote the first choral arrangement of the Arkansas state song, “Arkansas, You Run Deep in Me” and accompanied its premier performance.

For over 35 years, Ellen has taught music to people of all ages, using laughter and games to help unlock a person’s innate creativity. She has been an educational consultant and speaker at national workshops and major trade shows, and has also received multiple sponsorships as an Arkansas Artist in Education.

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