Joining Forces are the Treasure Coast Community Singers and Indian River Pops Orchestra
The Treasure Coast Community Singers and Indian River Pops Orchestra joined forces late last year under the direction of Dr. Douglas Jewett to prepare a concert for our community. Both musical groups were preparing a Civil War memorial work entitled Chronicles of Blue and Gray by John Purifoy.
It was to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the assassination of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The concert was to have been performed during the week of that anniversary on April 15. That did not happen.
That week has come and gone with the nation being held hostage by COVID-19. In many ways, we feel that we have been at war with an unseen foe. We have seen how our citizens are on one side or the other of a national agenda. When we have gone to the drug store or the grocery store for essentials, we have seen some who wear masks and gloves to protect themselves while others take no precautions at all. People make choices and continue with their lives as best they can.
The combined musical groups still want to perform Chronicles of Blue and Gray for our community. Members of Treasure Coast Community Singers have chosen to continue to rehearse each week by way of online section rehearsals. Online media has been used to provide music to the members of the Indian River Pops Orchestra so they can continue rehearsals, as well. The realities of life with COVID-19 have caused the focus of the presentation to change. We are still working out the expanded focus:
- The composer, John Purifoy, plans to attend the performance whenever it is. He says he won’t fly, but would drive from his home in Knoxville, TN.
- We would love to celebrate the essential workers who have kept us going during the “stay at home” order. From hospital workers to first responders, grocery store and drug store workers, and restaurant owners, we want to express a collective community “thank you” by honoring you at this concert.
- To all of the high school seniors who were not able to walk across the stage for graduation, we want to give that opportunity to you to greet your principal with a social acceptable greeting in front of our community as the orchestra plays Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. We may even be able to throw in a waltz or two for an impromptu prom “distant” dance for those who bought the outfits and didn’t get to wear them.
It could be held as early as the end of May, 2020. or when public events are allowed. Because of a need to continue to maintain social distance, this concert is planned for the open spaces of Memorial Park on East Ocean Boulevard in downtown Stuart. We intend to celebrate our country coming back together with a little bit of history, patriotism, and a lot of fun being together again.
Anyone interested in singing along with TCCS can join our online rehearsals. Contact us at Mailto:email@example.com” to receive information about singing with the choir.
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