Mary Freed Memorial Concert

27278While we did not have the pleasure of meeting Mary Freed in person, her husband and daughters were painted a picture of a private, music lover with their sweet word. The first in an on-going series of fine-music concerts, honoring the memory of Mary Freed took place at Holy Spirit Church in West Bloomfield on March 7, Mary’s birthday. We were honored to be the showcase performers at this event and played songs selected by Mary’s family including works by Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven and even the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, a song of great meaning to Mary and her family.

In her youth, Mary and three of her sisters performed as a string quartet, using instruments that had been made for them by their grandfather.  During the concert our colleague, Tracey Riggs, played Mary’s favorite hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”, on the very violin made by her grandfather.  The night would not have been complete without her husband John leading the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to Mary whose presence was felt by those in attendance.   Following the concert, a reception was held replete with delicious homemade desserts and an amazing violin cake made by one of Mary’s friends.

The next concert will be Wednesday, June 13th at 7:30 p.m. featuring a Jazz Band, Gene and Tonics.

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

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“A New Family of Faith Has Been Forged In Our Sight”

20161015_124845Daniel and Katlyn were married in their beautiful home church of Our Lady of Fatima in Michigan Center recently. The church is full of light and adorned with panels of stained glass windows. Father Tim MacDonald shared many tender words including “We watched them grow up together, now we will watch them grow old together”. Katlyn’s younger brother was the server throughout the ceremony which made it all a bit more special.

Music Director and organist, Jeff Mausolf, was helpful with cues and we had the pleasure of playing “Here I Am Lord” with him during the communion. The talents of Angel’s Floral was on display with the bouquets and alter arrangements. Photographer Justine Castle was on hand to capture all the special moments.  Best wishes to Katlyn and Daniel!

Our Lady of Fatima

Angel’s Floral

Justine Castle

 

Memorial Service at Roseland Park Cemetery

Each weekend we have the opportunity to provide music and rejoice with families throughout the metro area as they celebrate weddings and special events in their family’s lives. Once a year, we have a different type of opportunity. This engagement tugs at our hearts and challenges us emotionally. Each year, Beaumont Hospital holds a Memorial Service at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley for the families that have lost an infant. The service is held in the historic mausoleum and is let by a Beaumont Chaplain. During the service, each child’s name is read, a candle is lit to commemorate their continuing light in the lives of their families and a balloon is released. The time is poignant, tearful and in a way, celebratory. This service provides a reminder that for the life that was, though short in duration, is and will continue to be cherished by their loved ones. It is not a performance we look forward to, yet we are honored to provide the music for the service each year.
Roseland Park Cemetery

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