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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Family revives community orchestra

  • The death of a McPherson resident has sparked what family members hope to be the revival of the McPherson Community Orchestra.
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  • The death of a McPherson resident has sparked what family members hope to be the revival of the McPherson Community Orchestra.
    In lieu of a memorial service, Lisa H. Snell asked funds be used for a music performance for the community that would provide education for families and foster participation of local musicians. Since her death in May, Snell's family has been organizing the free event, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 11, 2013, in Brown Auditorium at McPherson College.
    The remembrance concert will be a one-hour performance of "Eim Deutsches Requiem" (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms, a choral work accompanied by orchestra. The song's message could be described as comfort for the living.
    "Music has always been important to me to communicate emotion — joys, triumphs, sadness and pain," John Snell, Lisa's husband, said, who owns Belli Bros. Music Services. "It's a release, a way for people to express themselves."
    In order to make this happen, experienced singers and instrumentalists are needed from McPherson and the surrounding areas. Registration must be done online, preferably by Christmas.
    "My hope is it expands people's experience in music," Becky Snell, daughter, said, who will be the rehearsal conductor. "It's an educational pportunity, a chance to hear a large work you wouldn't hear unless you went to a larger city."
    Also participating is Amanda Keith, Lisa's daughter, and her husband, James, who will conduct the concert.
    "This is a neat undertaking for us as a musical family," Becky said. "It's a gift that mom was able to push us into doing. It's an event I've always wanted to experience in the community, so now we as a family get to come together and do it. I'm very excited."
    Rehearsals will be on Mondays starting in February.
    To register and find more information, visit http://maccommunitychorus.wordpress.com.
    To donate to the Lisa H. Snell Memorial Concert Fund, send gifts to 1520 Gordon, McPherson, KS 67460.
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