March 30, 2015
This is the final MCMS newsletter of the 2014-2015 concert season; I can’t believe the season has gone by so quickly and is drawing to a close. Based on the size and enthusiasm of our audiences at our first four concerts, I believe we have delivered on our motto of giving you concerts that are Always Exceptional. But wait….our biggest and best is yet to come!
Make sure you have April 19th at 3 p.m. on your calendars!!!
As I have told you for months, our final concert of the season on April 19 will feature internationally acclaimed concert pianist Susan Starr. As I have said before, 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!
The Susan Starr concert would not have come to fruition without the generosity of a great group of program sponsors: First and foremost was a $1000 grant from the Marion Cultural Alliance. Our business program sponsors are: Parramore Music, Sullivan Buick & GMC, inLine Orthodontics, Citrus Cardiology Consultants P.A., the Ocala Piano Conservatory, Michelle Foster Photography, and the local Best Western Motel (providing accommodations for Ms. Starr while in Ocala). Our personal program sponsors are: the Van Raganas family, Mr. & Mrs. John Mitton, Dr. Lan Luo and her husband Mark Qi, Dr. & Mrs. Lakshminarayanan, and Richard and Leslie Hammes. We would not have been able to bring Susan Starr to Ocala without all of the above sponsors. Thank you all so much.
I also want to acknowledge all of our patrons who have sent in donations over the season and filled our donation baskets at the back of the church at our first four concerts. You all made it possible for us to have a five concert season, which we plan to have for 2015-2016 as well.
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 (April 19th) so you don’t miss this great opportunity to hear and see Susan Starr from Philadelphia. Remember, we are “Always Exceptional; Always FREE”
Two more items: The Marion Chamber Music Society board is only 7 members strong. We would like to see some new members added to our board. You don’t have to be a classical music expert to be of help. I can attest to that. We average only seven board meetings per year. If you are interested, please give me a call on my cell phone: 352-361-7700.
Lastly, our annual meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Main Library in Ocala off of East Silver Springs Blvd in Meeting Room A on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Richard Hammes, President