David Benson is the scheduled performer for St. Paul's Chamber Music Series concert on Thursday.
The concert, held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1116 23rd Ave., is free, and is scheduled to begin at 12:05 p.m.
Benson has served as organist and choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for 10 years. He was formerly organist-choirmaster and director of music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Fla., for 17 years. He and his wife, Jo Tiffany Benson, founded Melrose Music Theatre, a community theater group in the Gainesville area specializing in Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas, Broadway revues, and an annual madrigal dinner.
Benson has appeared with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra as organ soloist, and since arriving in Meridian, he has satisfied his love for theater by appearing as the major general in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, and as Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof, both Meridian Community College productions.
He has also appeared in several villainous roles in the Meridian Museum of Art’s murder mystery fundraisers. He was music director at Meridian Little Theatre’s productions of "The Music Man," "Hairspray," and "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas." He also was music director for MLT’s Youth production of "Aladdin."
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