Features “Back by Popular Demand” Artists
Plus Internationally Acclaimed Concert Pianist Susan Starr
What an exciting concert season we have planned for you this year! With many returning top hit performers from previous concerts including those you have requested to hear again, we open our season September 14 with bass baritone Stephen Saxon.
Returning also is cellist Phillip Borter and his partner violinist Hirono who became Mrs. Borter two years ago. In addition to a new wife, and a new baby, Phillip has a new name: Dr. Borter, having completed his DMA at Eastman school this past spring. You may remember, Phillip’s father was one of the founding members of the Marion Chamber Music Society. One of his earliest memories is listening to rehearsals for the then nascent group. Music can truly have a profound and lasting effect on people.
After the winter holidays, we have young cellist Julia Lee who will be joined by brothers Jonathan and Matthew Reichenburger, pianist and violinist on February 8. All three have been prize winners all over Florida. Their bios are amazing. Ah! To be so young and talented. On March 12, The Best Of Ocala Piano Conservatory returns. This group was last year’s most heavily attended concert to date. This year promises to be even better – featuring an amazing child prodigy, Zar Raganas, who last year made his concert debut at age 10 with the Eureka, CA symphony orchestra.
April 19 will be our most ambitious concert to date with internationally acclaimed concert pianist Susan Starr. I could take up another two pages talking about her incredible talent and accomplishments over the years. I invite you instead to go to You Tube and listen for yourselves: Chopin Nocturne in Db. It should take your breath away!
While we are getting Ms Starr to perform for us at a price significantly below her usual fee, the cost is still much more than our norm. Therefore, we will need a number of Program Sponsors ($500 or more) to help fund this very special concert. Sponsors for this program will receive benefits to include preferred seating at the concert and an invitation to a private party for Ms Starr. If you are willing to be a sponsor of the Susan Starr concert (or want more information about being a sponsor), please contact Leslie Hammes at 207-1461 or Richard Hammes at 361-7700.
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”
Thank you so much for your continued support of the Marion Chamber Music Society. Donations are the sole funding source for the MCMS. We couldn’t exist without your generosity!
See you September 14. Richard Hammes, President