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Glad to see the activity!

From: user 1.
Sent on: Sunday, February 28, 2010 9:46 AM
I'm so happy to see many of you sending out messages asking others if they're interested in joining you for a particular concert. That's one of the best uses I can think of for a group such as this, since we all have busy schedules and, I'm sure, preferences on which performance we'd really like to see.

I'm still awaiting a reply from the CSO, though they have assured me someone is working on my original email to them. Followed up on Wednesday to be certain.

One individual had asked if the group would be open to Eastern classical as well, or if we were focused only on Western classical. While I don't know how much interest there'd be in the entire group, I do know that I'd be interested in expanding my musical horizons. Yumi, I want you to know your suggestion did not go unnoticed! If any of you know of venues that have such offerings, please let me know or post it on the message board or ideas page.

Should any of you have an interest in "classical" Celtic/Irish music, The Chieftains are appearing on March 7 at the CSO. They appear every year, have spent the past 40+ year dedicating themselves to seeing traditional Irish music flourish. It's not the music you see/hear at Irish festivals hear in the states-it's close, but different. And it's always a wonderful, entertaining time. They've worked with many of our greatest Country Music stars (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, John Hyatt, Vince Gill) and rock/alternative as well (Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Merchant, even Roger Daltry!).

While it's not traditional "Classical", it's well worth experiencing.

Coming up are Saturday afternoon concerts sponsored by Kraft that are geared towards families. Before you pooh-pooh the thought or figure, "I don't have kids," I saw Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road group performance at one of these dates and it was, quite possibly, one of the best performances I have ever seen (Ma not withstanding!). Those of you who have children/nieces/nephews, the concerts are very child-friendly and do keep the kids attention really well. Please give me some feedback as to what interest there would be in something of this nature. If we get a handful of people, I'll definitely pressure CSO some to see if they can get us a discount or something to add for the kids.

Okay-back to packing. I'm just SOOOOO excited! Hope all of you have a good week!


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