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One Hundred Ten Distinguished Musicians Head to Lexington
        The Lexington “Bach and Friends” Festival will host 110 distinguished musicians for its 2008 Festival, scheduled for September 11-14, 2008 in the charming Village of Lexington, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron.

        The 9th Annual Festival will bring world class musicians from as far away as North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas to participate in the four concerts which make up this years festival offerings.  These performances are as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 11 - St. Denis Catholic Church - 7:00 pm:  Pianist Thomas Brown in a recital of the music of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Stolzel, and Debussy.  Mr. Brown will be joined by clarinetist Sandra Jackson in an exciting work for Clarinet and Piano by Schumann.

Friday, Sept. 12 - St. Denis Catholic Church - 7:00 pm:  Making their Lexington debut, Detroit’s 70 member Rackham Symphony Choir, under the direction of Suzanne Acton and joined by the Festival Orchestra, will present musical favorites ranging from light opera to familiar Broadway tunes.  An added feature will be the “Rackham Ensemble Singers,” who specialize in the popular music of the 1940’s.

Saturday, Sept. 13 - First Congregational Church of Port Huron - 10:00 am:  Thomas Brown, Festival Keyboard Artist, will present an organ workshop discussing basic concepts of organ performance and repertoire.  

Saturday, Sept. 13 - St. Denis Catholic Church - 7:00 pm:  The ever popular Festival Orchestra,  under the direction of Maestro Don Th. Jaeger, will present the music of J.C. Bach, Mozart, Sibelius, Starer, Gershwin, and Richard Strauss.  Distinguished soloists will be Nathan Olson, violin; Sandra Jackson, clarinet; William Campbell, trumpet; David Jackson, trombone; Caroline Goulding, violin; and Anton Nel, piano.  This performance will be preceded by a 6:00 pm “Notes on the Program” lecture given by Linette Popoff-Parks.

Sunday, Sept. 14 - St. Denis Catholic Church - 4:00 pm:  Once again the Festival Orchestra will provide Lexington audiences with a concert which will display the virtuosity of its members and distinguished soloists.  Four composers will be presented, including the “Spanish Mozart”, Juan Arriaga, a Bach Brandenburg Concerto, a Tarantella of Saint-Saens, and a virtuoso concerto for violin and piano of Mendelssohn.  Soloists, in pairs, will be flutist Carl Ellenberger and clarinetist, Sandra Jackson; and 16 year old violinist Caroline Goulding and pianist Anton Nel.  This performance is also to be conducted by the Festival’s founding music-director and conductor, Don Th. Jaeger.  Mr. Jaeger has enjoyed a vast experience conducting in China, South America, throughout Europe and across the United States.

For tickets please call “Weekends” at 810-359-3388.  For more information please contact Julia Kurtyka, Festival Administrator, at 313-801-2333. 
2008-09-03 19:05:24 GMT
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