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We can do better for the orchestra event

Not many communities in the Louisville Metropolitan Area can say the Louisville Orchestra regularly comes there to give a concert, but Corydon is one of them. Three times now, the L.O. has given a spring concert at Corydon Central High School’s fine auditorium.
Each year local folks get to dine with the musicians at the Leora Brown School, then head to the high school for a night of wonderful music. The weather has been terrible for at least two of those nights, but the music has always been outstanding.
Last week was no different. Cold weather this time for dinner, great music for the concert. No, make that spellbinding music. About 400 lucky people were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a 17-year-old home-schooled virtuoso producing music on the cello like we’ve never heard before. Jessica Helm of Louisville played a very difficult Tchaikovsky piece, we were told by the enthusiastic conductor, Robert Franz, and veteran cellists from the orchestra left shaking their heads in amazement.
And then mezzo-soprano Erica Scott, a counselor at Corydon Elementary School during the week, took the stage with the charming baritone Lewis Washington to sing some favorites from ‘Porgy and Bess’ (‘Summertime’ and ‘Bess, You Is My Woman’) that simply made people smile.
All in all, it was a very fine evening. The only downside was that the evening was billed as a fund-raiser for the Leora Brown School and the event raised only enough money to pay the orchestra. Next year, we’ve simply got to do better. Get the word out. It’s a marvelous event in a fine ‘concert hall,’ and we’re extremely fortunate to have all those musicians willing to get on a bus to play here. Let’s fill the hall next year, and we hope Jessica and Erica come back to dazzle us again.