2008-08-09 / Top News

Bynoe, May Will Perform in Concert Series

By Caitlyn Kienitz

Island musicians Carolyn May (left) and Peggy Bynoe stand in front of Ste. Anne's Catholic Church, where they will be performing Sunday as part of the community foundation's summer concert series. (Photograph courtesy of Carolyn May) Island musicians Carolyn May (left) and Peggy Bynoe stand in front of Ste. Anne's Catholic Church, where they will be performing Sunday as part of the community foundation's summer concert series. (Photograph courtesy of Carolyn May) Two of Mackinac Island's own will take the stage at Ste. Anne's Church for this weekend's Cool Sunday Afternoons concert as Peggy Bynoe and Carolyn May perform August 10, at 2 p.m.

The concert, presented by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, will feature Ms. Bynoe on piano and Ms. May on voice and guitar. Their program is entitled "The Romantic Era to Classic Favorites" and includes classical pieces by Beethoven, Debussy, and Chopin, as well as more recent pieces such as "If I Fell" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher's "Rainbow Connection," and "So This is Love" from "Cinderella."

Ms. Bynoe, who is performing in her third Island concert series, said the pieces that she and Ms. May selected are those that they enjoy the most.

"We're just looking forward to being able to share the pieces that we love to play and sing," she said, adding that most of the selections are soothing pieces of music. "If anyone's in the mood for a soothing afternoon of music, this is the concert to come to."

Ms. Bynoe, who spent her summers growing up on Mackinac Island, is a member of Ste. Anne's Catholic Church and often lends her music ministry service for Sunday Masses. Ms. Bynoe holds a degree in music education from Aquinas College and lives in Grand Rapids during the winter, where she teaches fifth grade music and accompanies a middle school choir. Each summer, she works with the family business at The Birches.

Ms. May also works at her family's businesses, May's Candy Shops, each summer. She has served as a volunteer cantor for Ste. Anne's Church for the past nine summers. While her degree is in business management, she is active in performing music through the Oakland University Chorale and by performing at several Island weddings. During the winter months, she lives in Petoskey and is the supervisor for Boyne Mountain's SnowSports Academy in Boyne Falls. This will be her first time performing as part of the summer concert series.

The final Sunday concert will feature Heather May and Angela Biederbender and begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 31.

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