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Park perfect setting for concerts


September 04, 2014
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Increased attendance at Osius Park is music to the mayor's ears.

"We're attracting young families with young children," said Ted Kedzierski, mayor of Grosse Pointe Shores. "It bodes well for our future, because they're our future."

Park-goers will literally note the sound of music if a concert series is realized.

Members of the newly-established Events Committee want to schedule outdoor concerts in the park.

Councilwoman and Committee Chair Kay Felt contacted Grosse Pointe North High School administrators about booking talent.

"They were excited about the opportunity," Felt said of school officials. "They are going to have their person in charge of performance call so we can arrange something."

Two concerts may be held per year, in fall and spring.

"Our goals are twofold," Felt said. "One, we want it to be a family-friendly event that appeals to all ages. "Second, we want it to be an experience for the students, so they have an opportunity to not only perform, but to plan the performance."

Felt also hopes to feature the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra.

"That may require something of a donation," she said.

"It's something we would consider," William Hulsker, symphony board president and principle bassoonist said.

"When they do something special like that, their artists are compensated," Felt said. "It's not a huge amount of money."

The roughly 60-member orchestra is in its 61st season.

"We have a long history in the Pointes and a lot of support," Hulsker said.

A special endowment concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, features Hai Xin Wu, assistant concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The location and program is to be determined.

Concerts scheduled at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods are:

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6: Smetena, "The Moldou," Sibelius;" "Karelia Suite;" and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2;"

3 p.m. Sunday, Dec., 7: music by Bach, including sections from "Messiah" featuring the Grosse Pointe Community Chorus;

3 p.m. Sunday, March 8: Lucas, "Fanfare;" Saint-Seans, "Cello Concerto;" and Wagner, "Introduction to Lohengren;"

7 p.m. Sunday, April 26: Mendelssohn, "Fingal's Cave:' Beethoven, "Violin Concerto;" and Brahms, "Symphony No. 1."

Regular tickets cost $15. Admission is $12 for senior and free for students.

For more information about the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra, visit gpsymphony.org.

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