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March 13, 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19 Impact

April 19th Concert Canceled

 

To our loyal supporters:

I am sure many of you were planning to attend our final concert of the season on April 19th. We have been closely following the COVID-19 updates from the CDC, the Governor’s office and our local health officials. We are writing to let you know we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this event. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of your – and our – health and wellbeing. I was so looking forward to seeing and hearing Patrick Kreeger play for us again.

While Marion County does not see an immediate threat from the Coronavirus, we believe this is a responsible action to keep our community safe and healthy, as we don’t know what the future will bring. The adage ‘better safe than sorry’ applies in spades.

Questions. Please feel free to contact me by email at [email protected].

I do not know if concern regarding the Coronavirus was in part responsible for the much lighter than expected turnout for our last concert; however, we had just over one hundred in attendance. We were hoping for many more people getting to hear for the first time as part the MCMS experience, a living composer, Dr. Stella Sung who presented her own work, “Ellis Island.” Dr. Sung is such a delightful person to meet as well. The music was beautiful and moving indeed.

Dr Sung’s concert now represents the last concert of this season.

As stated in my last newsletter, I as President and my wife, Leslie, are resigning from the Board due to health reasons. Kosumo Morishita, the Music Director is also resigning for personal reasons.

Obviously, we can’t continue as an organization unless we have help in the form of new talent/board members. Please, if you want to see this organization continue, and have managerial work experience or music experience or just a desire to help, we need you. Our next board meeting is Tuesday March 31 at 1 p.m. at the Homewood Suites Conference Room, Ocala (4610 SW 49th Road). For more information about the board or this meeting, please call 352-867-1340 or email me,

Richard Hammes, President
[email protected]

 

 

 

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