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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