Current Event and Performance Schedule:
Welcome to Spring !
OK, we are officially past that nonsense Buckeye Chuck was trying to sell. Or at least we hope. As this is being typed the first day of spring is upon us, with temperatures in the 50's, and sunshine. Compared to what we've gone through this winter, 55 degrees seems almost balmy. Almost.
We'd like to thank all those who braved the elements to attend our winter concert on February 24th, a poster for which appears below. As with all scheduled events, it is impossible to predict all the particulars when picking dates. If we were that good at it, we'd be investing in lottery tickets!
Speaking of scheduled events, frequent visitors of this site will note a slight change. Our "Spring Concert" was intended for Sunday afternoon, April 28th. With the transition from winter to spring, we found that our schedule required some adjustment also.
April 28th is the date of a Marion Lecture and Recital Club event, which involves many of our members. In examining other options, we found one that seems to suit us, our venue, and our audience quite well. Our Spring Concert will be on Monday, May 6th, at 7pm, in the River Valley High School Auditorium. As mentioned previously, over our performances there we have become comfortable with their facility, and its many benefits for us as well as our audience. Although it is an evening performance, the implementation of Daylight Savings Time means there will still be daylight when the concert has concluded. There may be no "perfect" day, time, or venue, but this combination rates pretty high.
We'd like to remind you of a recent article in the Marion Star, which cited local options for live musical performances. We were mentioned favorably, along with several quotes provided by our Director, Bill Swihart. Also mentioned was the Marion Area Orchestra, operating under the baton of George Schram. An additional reference was made in the announcement of the Marion Gala, scheduled for June 1, in Marion's beautiful Palace Theatre. (http://www.marionmade.org/gala/ ) We have been included as a featured performer, along with Ryan Ratliff, Ann Schertzer, and Mally Reber. In mentioning this we aren't attempting to "blow our own horn", pun intended, but to remind you of the wonderfully talented performers who call Marion "home".
In addition to all the above, we are concluding what is affectionately known in band circles as "high school musical season". Many of our members are found in the supporting orchestras, behind the curtain, and helping with the sundry duties necessary to make a production successful. Although it is fun for us, it is also a chance to support, assist, and mentor future generations of performers. Make no mistake, the focus may be on high school students, but the level of talent they display is more reminiscent of seasoned performers. Below is the full schedule.
March 1-3 Ridgedale High School's production of Disney's Little Mermaid, at Marion's Palace Theatre.
March 8-10 River Valley High School's production of Mama Mia, at the River Valley Auditorium.
March 15-17 Pleasant High School's production of Damn Yankees, at Marion's Palace Theatre.
March 22-24 Elgin High School's production of Footloose the Musical, at Marion's Palace Theatre.
Additional date to note:
May 5 Marion Area Orchestra's spring concert, at the River Valley Auditorium.
On that note we'll close for now. As we make our way through the new year, we wish great things for you and yours, and remember - make time to be good to yourself!
See you at the show!