Sunday, April 30, marks the date for the annual Youth Concert sponsored by the Middleborough Music Guild, to be held at 3:00 PM at Central Congregational Church on the corner of South Main and Webster in downtown Middleboro. Young area performers from Middleboro and Lakeville are busy preparing a varied program of instrumental and vocal music. Some of the featured performers include students of Sylvia Thornton, Sacred Heart Children’s Choir, students of Alia Rivers, and students of Leilani Dalpe.
The big instrumental group will once again be the Tuesday Night Jazz Band under the direction of Marty Hartford. This group of talented and disciplined middle and high-school students gathers from area towns to rehearse in Middleboro on Tuesday evenings during the school year. At the end of the concert, there will be a combined chorus of performers, under the direction of Donna Murray, a resident of Lakeville who teaches music in the Fall River public school system. The choral selection is “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, and Philip Lawrence, arranged by Janet Day. All performers should be present at 2:00 to rehearse the final choral finale.
The Middleborough Music Guild meets three times a year to plan two concerts, Thanksgiving and Spring Youth. The history of the Guild goes back many decades and includes Henry B. Burkland as a charter member. Current members include teachers, music directors, and people from all walks of life. All concerts are free of charge, with a free-will donation going toward scholarships for graduating seniors continuing to college level studies in music. Last year’s scholarships were awarded to Benjamin Sangiolo, Beth Boersdamm, and Lauren Foley. In addition, funds were provided to purchase music for 4th and 5th grade choirs at Henry B. Burkland and Mary K. Goode Elementary Schools. At the heart of the Guild is a love of music and a desire to foster that love in others.