To the Journal editor:
I was very pleased to see Renee Prusi's wonderful article about the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and its 2013-2014 season.
MSO conductor Jacob Chi spoke highly of the orchestra and the caliber of the musicians. As president of the board of trustees, I am very proud of the quality of music the orchestra is performing.
We should all be proud of the local talent the Marquette community has. The Marquette Area Public Schools, as well as other local school districts, and Northern Michigan University have excellent teachers, who not only perform with the orchestra, but also educate younger musicians. Many of these students also play with the MSO.
This season two local MSO musicians, Betsy Grugin and Kevin Nutini will be featured soloists in the November concert.
In December, Marquette native, Tom LaVoy, has been commissioned to compose "A Child's Requiem", commemorating 100 years since the Italian Hall Disaster in Caluet. This will be premiered during the Dec. 14 concert along with holiday music. The conductors for this Holiday concert, Matt Ludwig and Barbara Rhyneer, are also local educators and MSO members.
For the February concert, we present a local graduate of Marquette Senior High School, Danielle Simandl, winner of the MSO Youth Concerto Competition for Strings. She will be performing Wieniawsky's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the MSO.
Marquette is fortunate to have so many talented musicians and it is wonderful to be able to spotlight some of our local talent. Thanks for covering the MSO and all of the other arts in Marquette.
President, board of directors
Marquette Symphony Orchestra