RAYMOND - Only two performances remain in the 2006-07 Sunday Afternoon Live concert series. Claudia Schmit will appear on March 25 and Misty River will wind up the year on May 13.

Michigan native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground in her 32 years as a touring professional, beginning with a stirring rendition of "Tammy" sung around a neighborhood bonfire when she was only four years old. That "debut" was followed by many years spent singing with various choirs, playing guitar and mountain dulcimer, and making theatre appearances.

Claudia has covered North America and Europe in venues that ranged from intimate clubs to 4,000-seat theatres and festival stages, before audiences numbering as many as 25,000. Her versatility was displayed in regular appearances on Public Radio International's "A Prairie Home Companion;" starring in an hour-long documentary, "I Sing Because I Can't Fly," on KTCA-TV in St. Paul, Min.; appearing in the movie, "Gap-Toothed Women;" and writing an award-winning score for and performing in a production of Brecht's "Good Person of Szechuan" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

For over 30-years, Claudia Schmidt has been wowing audiences with her passion, her voice, her humor and her perspectives. Her 13 albums of mostly original works have covered folk, blues, jazz and the spoken word. She plays a 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer as "background" to her main instrument, her voice.

A musician adverse to categories, she calls herself a "creative noisemaker," delighting some who have come to expect almost anything at a Schmidt concert - a hymn, a poem, a bawdy verse, a torch song, some satire and the absolute gamut of emotions. She has an amazing musicality and a joy of performance that is contagious. Able to weave elements of music and stage into a program so full of life, one critic was prompted to describe a Claudia Schmidt concert as " ... a lot like falling in love. You never know what's going to happen next, chances are it's going to be wonderful ..."

Claudia Schmidt will appear in concert on the Raymond Theatre stage at 3 p.m. on March 25. Please note that the time is one hour later than previous SAL concerts.

Sponsors for Claudia Schmidt are the Willapa Heritage Foundation and Piper-Jaffray for sound.

Pre-sale tickets: $8.50. Day of performance tickets: $11.

Tickets are on sale at South Bend Pharmacy and Sandra's Art and Frame in South Bend and at Sagen's Pharmacy in Raymond, or by calling 360-875-5831, e-mailing sundayafternoonlive@comcast.net, or sending a S.A.S.E. to SAL at Box 41, South Bend, WA 98586.

SAL will close the season on Mother's Day, May 13, with the popular Misty River Band back from a smash performance two years ago. Mother's Day gift certificates may be purchased now at any of the above ticket outlets. Misty River will take center stage at the usual time of 2 p.m.

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