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Two Sara(h)s will come together for an evening of music and community this weekend.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, Sara Evans will take the stage at Dominican University Performing Arts Center in River Forest, for the President’s Signature Concert in the Lund Auditorium.

There’s plenty of reality in the songs Evans sings, including celebrations of love and relief at being strong enough to work through the unforeseen and difficult. Her latest hit “A Little Bit Stronger,” released Sept. 14, earned a Top 10 debut on Billboard’s Country Digital Songs chart and will be featured on the original soundtrack album for the upcoming film “Country Strong.”

“She fits our profile of an artist who seeks to make the world a better place with her art and her music,” said Leslie Rodriguez, managing director of the Performing Arts Center, adding Evans is a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.

As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sarah’s Inn of Oak Park will be represented during Evans’ concert. Sarah’s Inn was formed in 1981 by a group of concerned individuals who identified a lack of services for battered women. The organization, which will celebrate 30 years of service in 2011, supports women in Chicago’s west side and near-west suburbs by advocating, educating and assisting transitions. The mission of Sarah’s Inn is to stand with women and their families to ensure freedom from domestic violence in every community.

Bringing the two Sara(h)s together seemed a great way for the Performing Arts Center to work toward its mission to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.

“Through the arts, we have an opportunity to shed light on issues (and) to foster discussion on those issues,” Rodriguez said.

Tickets for the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., are $49 and $57 and available by calling (708) 488-5000 or visiting www.dom.edu/pac.

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