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PETOSKEY: The Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series begins this week with two well-loved Northern Michigan artists: Epsilon Jass Band and Northern Michigan Chorale. As always, the free concerts begin at noon in the gazebo at Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, or enjoy the music from the benches provided.
The first concert of the summer lands on Wednesday, June 21 with the Epsilon Jass Band. Founded in 1963, the band has become a landmark of the Northern Michigan music scene through their successful efforts to keep traditional jazz and swing alive. Members include Bud Bechtold on clarinet, Bob Shanahan on trumpet and vocals, Bobby Bryan on piano, Larry Wojcik on drums, Jerry Turner on trombone, Gene Rebeck on string bass, and Jennifer Perry on banjo and vocals.
Concluding the first week of concerts is a performance by the Northern Michigan Chorale on Friday, June 23. Established in 1982 and currently under the direction of Julie Pierpont, the award-winning chorale is composed of singers hailing from Petoskey to Mackinaw City. On Friday, members will transport the audience on a musical journey across America, traveling from sea to shining sea with songs that include “Love is Sweeping the Country” and “Rocky Top.”
The Northern Michigan Chorale is a nonprofit organization, currently fundraising for new, safe risers which will accommodate the special needs of our singers. All donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Chorale, please call 231-622-1893.
The Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park are made possible by the generous support of local sponsors: Downtown Petoskey, Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fletch’s, Flowers from Sky’s the Limit, and Meyer Ace Hardware.
For more information on sponsorship, or to learn more about the Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park, contact 231-347-4337 or visit www.crookedtree.org. Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, in downtown Petoskey.