Anne Elliott, who lives on Clamar in Towne Acres, will direct the Milligan College Women's Chorale in its spring concert, "Sing Into Spring," in a free concert open to the public, on April 26 at 7:30. The concert will be in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel at Milligan. The program is described in the Johnson City Press as "a musical bouquet of works including selections from sacred, gospel, art song, ethnic and jazz music."
Milligan's concerts and other programs which are open to the public and free or very inexpensive are well-attended by the public as well as by the students, and are a valuable contribution to the cultural life of Johnson City and the entire area.
Anne was one of the first people I met when we moved to Johnson City. As I was approaching a store from the parking lot, a lady smiled, waved, and hurried toward me with a warm welcome. Then she realized I wasn't who she thought I was. We laughed, chatted a few minutes, and I had the pleasure of discovering that she was a piano teacher who lived near me. We had just moved from Silver Spring, Maryland, where we had lived across the street from an elderly piano teacher who had two grand pianos in her living room. Going over to hear her practice was a great delight and I talked for years about taking lessons, but she insisted that I must show I was serious by practicing at least an hour a day for a month before she'd take me on. I would have been a challenge. I tried off and on, but I never reached the level of dedication she required, so I was only an admiring audience.
Maybe I should see if Anne's requirements are less stringent. When could I make time!
I'll be in the audience and expect to see a lot of other friends there.
Towne Acres neighbors are contributing a lot to the area's pleasure. Just last week, Brenna Williams delighted her friends and family by being one of the top five in the Niswonger Children's Hospital talent search and performing with a number of other young singers and four from Broadway in a great progam at Niswonger.
I need to report soon about the record-breaking performances of Jessica Green, another Towne Acres young person, who is breaking swimming records. I've asked her mom for a picture and the details.