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 2016-2017 Season

Marion Chamber Music Society December 2016 Newsletter

Holiday Greetings from all the Board members of the Marion Chamber Music Society.

And what a year it’s been so far: With two of the most successful concerts we’ve had to date: first, concert pianist and organist Patrick Kreeger, followed by classical guitarist Ben Pila. And our member list is growing and growing!  We thank each of you for your kind generosity in your donations.  We exist solely on those donations and can then afford to bring in the top talent for your enjoyment. In a busy hectic world such as ours is, there’s nothing more refreshing to our spirits than a Sunday afternoon filled with beautiful music expertly performed – and free from ads screaming at you to buy stuff you don’t want!  

          So here’s our post holiday ‘refreshment’ menu:

22 January 2017: UF Chamber Music. This program will include a variety of chamber music combinations to include the Trio for flute violin and piano by Martinu, and a Piano Trio (which includes violin and cello) by Mozart.  Interesting ’factoid’: unless otherwise specified by the composer – as did Martinu, an instrumental combination using a piano is always referred to as a piano trio, quartet, quintet etc. Don’t know why; just is. There will also be two concerti and piano solo – a Valse by Severac which I’m excited about, as I’ve never heard it before. It’s fun discovering new music. Many become ‘new musical friends’ to be listened to and enjoyed again and again. The featured cellist is prize winning Julia Lee. Among her many competition winnings is the Ocala Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. She has also made her Carnegie Hall debut.

26 February: We present Violist David Pedraza, Viola is the slightly bigger brother to a violin with deep, rich, warm tone.  This will also be a great concert and I will have more information by our next newsletter.

2 April: is our Marion Cultural Alliance grant concert featuring 10 year old child prodigy Patricia Zhuga, Her teacher, Susan Starr who performed for us in 2015, declares Patricia to be “the most talented student she had ever taught.” She has won piano competitions in China, England and in the U.S. And she has already made her Carnegie Hall debut. Check her out on You Tube! She plays the Chopin Black Key Etude – tosses it off as if it were nothing hard at all. (And it is. Very.) And she was only 9 when she recorded it.

I know many of you have already made your annual donation/contribution to us this year. For those who still intend to do it, we have included the form below. We are a 501(c)3 not for profit organization - if you need some help offsetting Uncle Sam’s ‘take.’ Again we greatly appreciate your donations to make these concerts possible.                                                                                  Leslie Hammes, Music Director

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