May 26, 2015
Dear MCMS supporters:
We have successfully concluded our 2014-2015 concert season with the Susan Starr concert on April 19th. We promised she would be great, and she was. The Queen of Peace Baldwin never sounded more splendid. We could not have made that concert happen without the grant from the Marion Cultural Alliance and the dozen program sponsors. Thanks to them all one more time.
On May 14th the MCMS board held its annual meeting. We welcomed new board member Evelyn Kelly to the board and look forward to her ideas at our future meetings. All the present officers agreed to continue in their positions for another year. We will continue to do our best to find a great variety of exceptional talent for your listening enjoyment.
In the works for next season: soprano Karen Adair; an 11 piece clarinet orchestra from Orlando, the “Licorice Sticks”; a piano trio from the University of Florida, and more. My August newsletter will have dates and details of the 2015-2016 season.
I thought many of you might like to know what some of our young and upcoming performers from past seasons were up to, so here’s my “Where are they now?” segment:
- In 2011 Patrick Kreeger, organist and pianist at the Curtis Institute of Music performed for us and returned in 2013 with two others as the Kim-Crawford-Kreeger Trio. Patrick just finished his Masters degree from Yale and has been accepted to Juilliard for his doctoral studies in piano and organ.
- John Henry Crawford, cellist, has performed all over the U. S. and Europe since graduating from Curtis. He is one of only three American cellists invited to next month’s Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
- Eunice Kim, violin, has been performing all over the world since graduating from Curtis. I have seen her Facebook posts from China, Europe, and South America as well as the U. S.
- Baron Fenwick, young pianist from N. C. at our Jan. 15, 2012 concert is a junior at the Manhattan School of Music. He is one of 8 pianists accepted from around the world to the Summer Chamber Music camp in Sarasota.
- Also accepted in the Summer Chamber Music camp in Sarasota was our 2012 performer, Gabrielle Chou. From Miami, Gabrielle played both the piano and the violin and is an award winning composer. She is now a junior at Juilliard
- Philip Borter, cellist earned his DMA from Eastman School and is now teaching at Florida Southwestern State College in Naples Florida,
Thanks once again to all of our patrons who have sent in donations over the season and filled our donation baskets at the back of the church at our concerts. You all made it possible for us to have a five concert season, which we plan to have for 2015-2016 as well.
Remember, we are “Always Exceptional; Always FREE”
Richard Hammes, President