Symphony again works its magic

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The musical talent oozing out of the the Cherokee Community Center on Sunday afternoon, October 26, during the Cherokee Symphony's annual Pops Concert has no equal, unless, perhaps, the Symphony's next scheduled performance, slated for Sunday, February 22, 2009.

The magical sounds of this coveted, renowned, 60-member Cherokee jewel were never more melodious, precise, and entertaining as they were Sunday. As the vicious, damaging winds howled loudly outside Sunday afternoon, the appreciative, standing-room-only crowd heard nothing but the sweet sounds of skilled professionals and their wondrous instruments blending together in superb harmony.

This year's program also featured the incomparable vocal talents of Marc and Amy Sarchet of Cherokee, who expertly merged their refined tenor and alto voices into stirring, entertaining selections from the famous musical "South Pacific" and "Broadway Tonight."

Indeed, standing ovations were the standard this day.

The Cherokee Symphony, co-founded in 1956 by Merle Robinson of Cherokee and Della Beth Thomson of Cleghorn after "Orchestra" was offered in the Adult Education Program, is now consistently known as "The best-kept secret in Northwest Iowa."

Maestro Lee Thorson, an Iowa farmer, celebrated cellist and music instructor from Rolfe and Storm Lake, has conducted the Cherokee Symphony since 1981, growing it into an unrivaled collection of superior Northwest Iowa musicians always a cut above. The charismatic Thorson is a superb conductor and his skills blend miraculously with his attentive musicians to offer the very best there can be in orchestra performance.

Kudos to the dedicated Cherokee Symphony Association, loyal local supporters and members, area musicians comprising the orchestra, and Maestro Thorson.

Nobody does it better!