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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Wedding at Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel

Congratulations to Maura and Ade on their wedding June 5th in the Chapel of Grosse Pointe Academy. The wedding today was testimony to the idea that love completes a circle. Maura and Ade were high school sweethearts who re-connected after several years apart. Now as bride and groom, they celebrated their love with family and friends. Ade’s family wore the traditional dress of Nigeria which added a beautiful element to the wedding. The couple’s friend, Adrienne, sang a lovely rendition of the Lord is Kind and the Celtic Alleluia with our string quartet. The bridal party processed to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring wearing pale pink dresses and carrying bouquets of pink peonies and white hydrangeas.
Following the ceremony, the couple and guests proceeded down the road a bit to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial for cocktails and reception. We had the pleasure of playing a diverse collection of music for the cocktail hour. Congratulations again to Maura and Ade as they begin their life together as husband and wife.

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