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Community Christmas Concert
Dec. 6 & 7, 7 p.m.
Mesquite Community Theatre
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Big Band Swing Concert One for the Books - Video
Posting Date: 10/16/2012
By Barbara Ellestad
If you missed the Swing Band concert at the Mesquite Community Theater last weekend, Oct. 12 and 13, you missed a very special treat usually not found in small communities like ours.
The Greater Mesquite Arts Foundation and Larry LeMieux featured 12 musicians in the newly formed Mesquite Community Band that came together so nicely it's easy to forget they spent hours in rehearsal. One of the trumpet players, Rick Boniface, even traveled from Minnesota to be a part of this awesome group.
Felicia Smith served as the Musical Director, a feat she's accomplished several times this year.
Smith is one of those rare people who seem to be born with a musical instrument in her hands and a voice that is simply beautiful. I've seen her several times in different venues and never tire of her talent.
The unsung hero of the night was Rita Hermie who played the piano for every performance of the hour-plus concert. Put a piece of sheet music in front of her and she's playing it with ease - or so it seems.
Eight singers helped make the evening one to remember.
We had the voices of Cathy Petrus and Karen Ransdell joined by Smith in the ever-popular Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy tune and they were superb. Their energy was pervasive and strong especially during the a cappella ending to the first act.
As a tribute to her mother who once sang with the Tommy Dorsey Band, Kathy Lee was splendid as she melodically sang What a Difference a Day Made.
And who didn't think he was the real thing when John Dearing sang an old Frank Sinatra tune, One for My Baby. It wasn't just the voice, but the persona topped off by Frank's hat that had you feeling like you were watching and listening to "the Man."
Sarah Mulloy, Donna Thomas, and Brian Wursten gave their voices to the evening in each of their beautiful performances, proving once again that Mesquite has talent all around.
LeMeiux keeps coming up with awesome shows and performances that you simply can't believe are available in a small town like Mesquite. He draws performers seemingly out of the woodwork and pieces them together into a beautiful evening of enjoyment.
LeMeiux promises more concerts in the future, including the Community Christmas Concert, Dec. 7 and 8. Don't miss them.
Posted Date: 10/16/2012 Thanks for the video show. The girls were lovely, in dresses. The band, in ties, lead singers, attractive. And the MC, in his best T shirt?
Oh well, there is talent here! By: plain ol Doug
Posted Date: 10/16/2012 plain ol Doug should put on his glasses. the MC had on a cool bowling style shirt, NOT a t shirt. just sayin' By: Joy