Happy New Year MCMS Supporters:
We want to see you on February 8th.
That’s when we have three Florida prodigies: young cellist Julia Lee who will be joined by brothers Jonathan and Matthew Reichenberger, pianists. All three have been prize winners all over Florida and in national competitions performing to the degree and finesse and perfection one expect of more mature artists. In fact, Julia Lee won the Ocala Symphony Orchestra concerto competition when she was 12! The program includes works of Brahms, Bach, Chopin, Prokofiev, among others. You don’t want to miss this exciting program.
The Best of Ocala Piano Conservatory returns on March 15th for our fund raising concert. 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, Lake Weir High’s award winning band director, will play both the trumpet and piano. 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 any 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 February 8th.
Richard Hammes, President