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September 2002
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Island Insights – Music Lifts Our Souls

Music gives voice to our spirits. Feelings we would never express verbally rise from deep within and find expression. Three recent events on Beaver Island have provided that corporate expression at its best. All have been works of excellence involving local talent in preparation, practices, and final program.

MAD Camp (Music/Art/Drama) comes to Beaver Island the last week of July, thanks to Sue Oole, daughter of Beaver Island resident Art Johnston.
Bach on Beaver came the last Sunday in July this year, thanks to Charles Krutz, lifelong friend and classmate of Beaver Islander Marty Maehr.

The Christmas Cantata last December, under the able direction of Islander Kathy Speck, thrilled participants and spectators alike. Kathy is part of a musical family, daughter of the late Harriet Rafferty, who organized a Sweet Adeline's group on Beaver Island.

Maybe the tie-in for each of these efforts is the circle of interdependence. Local family and friends combining their talents to draw us higher rather than merely performing music for our enjoyment.

J. S. Bach wrote more than 260 cantatas in his body of musical work. Countless other composers have created pieces from which to choose. We await with anticipation the fall practices and December performance of the Christmas Cantata of 2002.

–Marlyn Clark

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