Orchestra, chorus members help make city a ‘wonderful place’

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To the Editor,

Sunday was a gorgeous spring day, and it was made even better by the Spring concert of the Tecumseh Pops Orchestra and Community Chorus. Dr. James Ball has been conducting the orchestra for many years, but as the orchestra has grown, in no small part because of the Tecumseh Schools’ string instrument program, they are able to tackle more difficult music, and do it very well. Their “Billy the Kid” suite was very challenging, but they were certainly up to the challenge. Having photos of the characters and scenes of the Wild West projected on the stage backdrop at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts added visual interest as well.

The Tecumseh Public Schools’ succession of quality vocal music has given a real boost to the Community Chorus, which has contracted with the teachers to lead them. This is Mary Hofmeister’s second year with the chorus. Her program choices show how much she trusts chorus members to perform difficult works well. The chorus is growing in both size and talent.

Two special additions to the concert were performances by the Adrian Chamber Brass, a sprightly and enthusiastic group, and a Mendelssohn violin concerto by the orchestra and Tecumseh High School senior Kali Snead, a graduate of the Tecumseh schools’ string program and a credit to her teachers.

All these orchestra and chorus members love to learn and to share their music-making. The Tecumseh Center for the Arts works with the schools and all the musical groups to provide support and we are lucky to have them in our lives. They are part of what makes Tecumseh a wonderful place to live.

Marjorie Comfort

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