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Mother’s Day concert slated


Exuberant, smooth saxophone will be contrasted starkly by the rhythmic symphonies created by bows gliding over strings.

Unorthodox instrumental and timeless melodies are set to fill the Townshend Theatre here on Mother’s Day (May 11).

A professional-amateur collaboration between the Borderland Community Orchestra and Fort Frances High School will celebrate mothers, music, and a 15-year milestone.

“We have slowly been putting it together and the kids have really been on board,” said FFHS music teacher Lisa Loney.

“A lot of things that go on here require volunteers, and mothers are usually the first to volunteer, so the kids have really stepped up,” she noted.

The orchestra plans to appeal to the tastes of everyone in the crowd with a wide variety of musical numbers while featuring the high school talent–a performance Loney hopes won’t be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

“The orchestra is a community and it’s nice for the kids to see that music doesn’t end when you graduate,” she remarked.

“I like to see music go beyond high school,” Loney added. “I think it’s very important to keep it in your life.”

Sunday’s performance, which gets underway at 2 p.m., will serve as the first joint effort between the two groups. And according to Loney, it will open doors for students on a number of fronts.

“This will be a neat experience because they get to hear a different sound around them,” she explained.

“There is all this stuff going on around them that they can belong to after school.

“Or if they go away to school, they might seek out another ensemble to play with,” she added.

Orchestra member Margaret Sedgwick said the group is excited to play with the students, as most of them remember what it was like to be a novice musician.

“I started when the orchestra was in its first year of existence around [15] years ago,” she recalled.

“When we first started, the orchestra was made up of beginners like myself and some experienced musicians from across the river,” Sedgwick added.

“The Rainy Lake string orchestra really helped us because they had been playing together for a long time.

“They allowed us to learn and grow, and so we’ve grown as a group,” she noted.

The Borderland Community Orchestra is unique in that it welcomes people on both sides of the border.

It has grown to more than 35 members in the past 15 years, which serves as a testament to the progress being showcased this weekend.

“To play music with other people is a really wonderful experience,” Sedgwick enthused.

“It provides a sense of community.”

Vocals of the “Sound of Music” cast, instrumentals from Fort High’s jazz band, and a combined number with the Borderland Community Orchestra are among the acts on the program for “An Afternoon of Music.”

Admission is $10 at the door, with tea and dainties to be served throughout.

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