After attending the performance this past Friday evening of the Tar River Chorus and Carolina Brass, I want to send out an alert to the community of Rocky Mount, that we have let this amazing group simmer on the back burner. I grew up taking the train with my mother, wearing her curly lamb fur coat, to listen to performances of The Chicago Symphony. Classical music is a part of my life’s repertoire. I now play classical music in my car for two of my great grandchildren who become still while they listen. The other night I wanted to hug the parents who brought a hand full of children to the concert. The audience was made up mostly of seniors who have been the loyal supporters of the Orchestra, the jazz band, the choruses. It is, however, an audience that is on the ‘aging-out’ road. We have to fix that.
Everyday the news tells us that the supply chain mess will effect Christmas. Here is a solution: All you have to do is buy tickets and add to your Christmas traditions.
December 3, A Festive Christmas with the children’s chorus and December 14, Swinging Around the Christmas Tree with the Tar River Swing Band.
The supply chain will not affect the gift of tickets for family and friends and the young people in your lives. This gift will add to all that is merry and bright. A ticket to listen to music can last a lifetime. Believe me, I know. Hope I see you in December. This post is dedicated to my SON-in-law who is a tenor in the chorus; the one with the beautiful voice. He is the white haired, shining head wearing glasses in the front row in this photo. (George Greer)
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Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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