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The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra, in its 57th Season, will once again share the stage with The Marshall Community Chorus on Sunday, December 1, 2019 in their annual Christmas Celebration. The concert will be held in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School in Marshall and will begin at 2:30 p.m. This concert will be under the direction of Kevin Lines and Ann Lewis, accompanied by Julie Lewis.
The concert is free and open to the public and is appropriate for holiday music lovers of all ages. As per tradition for this event, attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Marshall Community Food Pantry.
Every community has a unique way of kicking off the holiday season. For many years, the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marshall Community Chorus have led the way in bringing seasonal cheer to its local and loyal patrons through music.
This year will mark a new milestone for the event as over 100 musicians from all ages and walks of life will be performing works old and new under one roof in this Sunday afternoon holiday spectacular. While some communities may find it increasingly difficult to gather musicians together on one date in the “busy-ness” of the season, Marshall music groups continue to grow and thrive under all circumstances.
Conductor Kevin Lines believes musical success in the Marshall community stems from several sources. “First and foremost, we owe a great deal of gratitude to those musical visionaries who came before us. Long time MPO conductor, Harold Lickey, and MCC director, Marie Boedeker, saw both the need and potential for these groups to exist. They led these groups with passion and fervor second to none.”
Lines continues, “Secondly, the guidance and support of the music educators of Marshall Public Schools remains steadfast and strong, with many of those master teachers performing side by side with their students in both of these ensembles. There is no better instruction for the next generation than leading by example.”
“And finally,” Lines states, “the citizens of this community continue to hold the arts in high regard. Our parents, businesses, city leaders, and generous financial backers make music a priority, understanding that, through the arts, comes beauty, peace, and unity beyond measure.”
Sunday’s program will open with the brilliance of the brass in a fresh arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The concert will continue with challenging repertoire that will showcase both the quietness and the glory of the season. Listeners will experience traditional favorites including carols and popular works alike. The conductors have carefully selected and prepared over an hour of uplifting music culminating in the performance finale of George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah”, from The Messiah.