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Singing Tree combines folk, classical music

Lloyd Goldstein and Ray Belanger have been making music together since 2007 when they met while performing in the Arts in Medicine program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Goldstein is a former member of the Florida Orchestra's double bass section, and Belanger has played hammered dulcimer for more than 20 years.

Now, as Singing Tree, they combine classical and folk music in arrangements of works ranging from Lord Inchiquin by Ireland's national composer, the blind harpist Turlough O'Carolan, to Leroy Anderson's Forgotten Dreams.

"The sound is one of warmth and light, sparkling, yet with depth, like looking at sunlight reflecting on a deep body of water near sunrise or sunset," says a liner note for the duo's first CD. "Many listeners have said that listening to Singing Tree is like experiencing a full body massage, relaxing, uplifting and satisfying."

Belanger and Goldstein give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the visually and acoustically splendid Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-6212; ut.edu.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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