GUEST VIEW: Musical opportunities abound this fall

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:15 am on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Guest View | Charlotte Lothian

What a wonderful summer filled with sunshine, family and lots and lots of music.

Music is and always will be a lifelong love. I was lucky enough to be born to parents who were professional musicians. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t listening to their big band, my mother’s church organ music or a group of musical friends just hanging out and playing for fun.

Fall is a time of new beginnings. The season brings beautiful weather and, guess what, lots of new musical opportunities. It’s that time of year when church choir directors are looking for new members. School children are back in their band, orchestra or choirs. Community music groups are also gearing up to offer both musicians and listeners multiple opportunities.

Montcalm Community College is sponsoring a performance of Handel’s Messiah at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Greenville Performing Arts Center. Listeners are invited to save the date and enjoy what has become a highlight of the holiday season. Chorus participants are encouraged to attend six rehearsals. Four Saturday morning rehearsals will be held at the First Congregational Church in Greenville on Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. till noon in the church sanctuary. Thursday rehearsals will be held on the MCC campus beginning Oct. 4 at MCC’s Doser Building, room D303, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will also be a mandatory final rehearsal on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.

Circle your calendar for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 so you don’t miss the big benefit show supporting opportunities within the Greenville performing arts program through the Our 3 Fund. The show will feature local performers sharing their talents and making a difference by raising funds to keeps the arts alive and well in our schools.

The Rockford Community Orchestra has a new name. It is now the Rockford Community Symphony Orchestra. An invitation is extended to area musicians to come join the fun on Monday evenings between 7 to 8:30 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School (10 Mile and Northland Drive). Violin, viola, cello and bass players are welcome without audition. Brass, wind and percussion musicians should call (616) 754-6602 to determine sections that have openings.

Lift your spirits as a listener, treat your brain to a performance challenge or just have fun involving yourself in music.

Charlotte Lothian is a retired orchestra teacher and current music lover. 

The opinions expressed in the Guest View do not necessarily represent the opinions of The Daily News.

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