First Baptist Church Centralia brought the Small Richmond Symphony to their church, even building a special stage in the sanctuary. Wilson E. B. Shannon, Pastor, said that the acoustics were phenomenal. A reception prior to the concert was held at the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation (CCAF).
While the Baptist church was the hosted the concert featuring Gounod “Petite Symphonie,” gathered at the CCAF was a plethora of local and not so local guests. Of course CCAF chairman Betty Matthews, as wel as, Michele Colins-Robinson, who helped organize the concert and reception, the Rev. Wilson E. B. Shannon, Pastor of First Baptist, Chesterfield County Registrar Lawrence C. Haake III, and Ed Jackson Jr., ArchD Ltd, who serves as Executive Architect to the National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. Directing the management of design and construction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Matthews was honored as part of a presentation of a Chesterfield County Board of supervisors resolution recognizing November as “Cultural Arts Awareness Month.” Matthews said it is now time to kick off the major fund raising component of the effort to build the arts center.