Commissioned piece honors local woman killed in wreck.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Dr. Jeanine Skinner’s sister Sandra Hewitt died in a car crash a year and a half ago. The suddenness of it has left a gulf in the hearts of people who knew and loved her.
This Sunday at 3 p.m., Wake Forest Baptist Church hosts a free concert of hope and healing featuring The Lord is Listening, a musical piece Skinner commissioned in her sister’s honor. The music was produced by internationally known faith music composer Pepper Choplin of Raleigh.
“The anthem in memory of my sister but also in honor of our adult choir, the chancel choir,” says Skinner, who is the church’s organist and pianist.
The music is uplifting and inspiring, church representatives Marty Bocock and Dr. John Boozer say.
“I think it’s one of Pepper Choplin’s best compositions,” says Boozer. “It’s really a stunning piece of music.”
Skinner was familiar with Choplin, who conducted a workshop with the church and was featured as part of the ongoing Virginia Tull Music and Arts Series in 2012.
A mission trip to Ireland that was intended to promote hope and healing never took place, so the funds were used to commission the piece, Skinner says.
Hewitt was active in the church’s missions and played with the handbell choir.
She was 53 when she died, leaving behind a husband, Roy; son, Ryan, 21; and daughter Catherine, 18. Catherine graduates from Wake Forest High School Sunday.
The timing isn’t coincidental; Skinner wanted the music to be ready while family members were in town for the graduation.
She hopes that the music will help uplift anyone going through hard times.
“It’s been very difficult. This piece can provide a musical comfort. For me there was a profound emptiness (as there is) for anyone that loses someone that special,” Skinner says. “I’m not the only one hurting.”
Wake Forest Baptist Church is at 107 E. South Ave., by the roundabout at the intersection with South Main Street.
For more information, call 919-556-5141.