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Posted on Dec 21, 2018

Letter to the editor: Winter Concert was outstanding

Winter Concert was outstanding
What a beautiful evening. Tonight (Nov. 11), I attended the Winter Concert by the Quincy High School Music Department, and I am putting the words down while the experience is still fresh.
Our new band teacher, Patrick Gordon, has a crew of talented musicians. They have energy and skill and did a marvelous job. They performed three pieces, and my favorite was “Abracadabra” by Frank Ticheli, written by Ticheli for his son. The piece provided some real challenges in timing, and the Wind Ensemble pulled it off beautifully. It has a bit of mystery and the unexpected woven through it. The ensemble captured it vividly. Thank you, Mr. Gordon and musicians.
Next up was Concert and Spectrum Choir directed by Kylie Youngren. Is there anything as real and refreshing as the voices of our young people in song? Both choirs were outstanding.
During the Celtic Revival between 500 and 800 A.D., the term “a thin place” was used to describe the meeting of heaven and earth – a moment or place where the veil of the present is pierced by the glory of the eternal. That happened this evening during the singing of “There Is No Rose,” by Z. Randall Stroope. Tonight, all of us in the PAC experienced “a thin place.” For a moment, the voices of the Spectrum Choir touched mystery and glory and lifted the transcendent veil. Isn’t that what beauty is designed to do? Thank you, Mrs. Youngren and choirs. Tonight, you enlarged our souls.
Maybe you don’t have a child or grandchild in band or choir, but I encourage you, the next time they perform in concert, to give yourself the gift of joy and attend.
Jess Slusher,
Quincy