March 2, 2015
Greetings MCMS Supporters:
Thank you to all the 400+ people who came to our February 8th concert and enthusiastically responded to the talented Reichenbergers’ and Julia Lee’s performance both by applause and donations. We truly appreciate your support.
We have two more exceptional concerts remaining for you this season:
The Best of Ocala Piano Conservatory returns on March 15th for our fund raising concert. (The performers are all donating their time and talent.) Last year’s Best of OPC concert was a huge hit. And this year, another one of Ms Leslie’s success stories returns to be part of the “Best of” concert. Michael Jennings, former OPC student and now Lake Weir High’s award winning band director, will play both the trumpet and piano. His accompanist for his trumpet pieces is Rachel Tift, another OPC alum (and an engineering graduate from UF). In addition to great piano selections by a number of students, Veda Lakshminarayanan will again give you goose bumps when she sings her arias.
Make sure you have April 19th at 3 p.m. on your calendars!!!
Our final concert of the season on April 19 will feature internationally acclaimed concert pianist Susan Starr. I have paid $70 to hear her on more than one occasion, but you can hear her at Queen of Peace just by walking through the doors! This is a once in a lifetime concert for Ocala. No one I have ever heard can play the piano like Ms Starr. It’s mesmerizing!
We are still looking for a few more Program Sponsors for this concert. Program Sponsors for this event (donations of $500 or more – donations tax deductable) will receive benefits to include: preferred seating at the concert, listing in the program as “Program Sponsors,” a CD of Ms Starr performing either piano solos or chamber works, and an invitation to a private party for Ms Starr. Call 867-1340 for more information.
As always, all our concerts are at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 6455 SW Highway 200 in Ocala. They start at 3 p.m. and admission is free. We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to join us for a relaxing afternoon of beautiful music. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss either of these great MCMS concerts! Remember, we are “Always Exceptional; Always FREE”
Again, thank you so much for your continued support of the Marion Chamber Music Society. See you March 15th.
Richard Hammes, President