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March 2014 Newsletter

Dear MCMS supporters:

      I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made our 2013-2014 music season so successful thus far. A special thank you to all who have donated to us so we can obtain the high quality musicians and singers who have performed for us. But the concerts would not be successful without our appreciative audiences who have come out to see and hear our concerts. Your hearty applause means more than you know to our performers. Thank you so much!
     Please make sure you have Sunday March 30th at 3 p.m. marked on your calendar.
That is the date and time for our final concert of this season….as always, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW Hwy. 200 in Ocala.

     For years, my wife Leslie, who is the owner/operator of the Ocala Piano Conservatory, has been asked by The Villages to bring her best students to perform at the Church on the Square at Spanish Springs. Each year the audiences would be larger as word got out about the quality of Leslie’s students. Now we have an opportunity to hear “The Best of the Ocala Piano Conservatory” as part of our concert series. Many of her students are not only gifted at the piano; they are adept at other instruments as well. And one has such a beautiful voice, she has soloed with the Civic Chorale. Her arias give me goose bumps….and she will sing for us on the 30th.

     As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, our March 30th concert will feature young prize-winning musicians, mostly pianists – past and present – from the Ocala Piano Conservatory. The notable student from the past is Ryan Pagels who is also the music director at the Ocala Civic Theater. Ryan plans to perform Debussy and Gottschalk pieces.

            Some of Leslie’s very talented advanced- level musicians will perform more than one instrument. The students are busy preparing such favorites as Clair de Lune, Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude, and Fantasie Impromptu (think ‘I’m always Chasing Rainbows’) among others. One of the performers will be playing the marimba.  I can’t wait to hear that! Leslie will close out the concert with Ginastera’s “Bragging Obnoxious Cowboys.” It’s fast and loud….another one that gives me goose bumps.  All I can say is: “prepare to enjoy and be dazzled.”

            If you want to know more about the Ocala Piano Conservatory, you can visit the website at:   

            I hope to see you all at our Mar. 30th concert; it will be exceptional!

Richard Hammes, President

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