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Sheer talent

March 2, 2010 - Diane Speer

The numbers were certainly good. More than 150 people turned out last Sunday afternoon at Alpena County Library for a special "Music at the Library" concert. While that definitely is a healthy-sized audience for an event like that, for those not in attendance, it was a true missed opportunity to soak in and savor some of the outstanding musical talent found right here in Alpena.

Pianist Loretta Beyer, who counts herself extremely lucky to be able to do what she loves - teach piano at Alpena Community College and privately - joined forces with pianist Linda Jones and vocalist Jennifer Jasso. The three took turns either playing or singing, a format that flowed smoothly and kept everyone fully engaged.

Loretta demonstrates a true mastery of her instrument, and her personality is such that her students adore her - and rightfully so. She opened the concert with a piece by Schumann, captivating the audience right from the get go.

Since having four children and moving to Northeast Michigan, Linda hasn't done too much performing, but it's clear that she is quite an accomplished musician. She plays the piano with such expressiveness, demonstrated most especially with her first piece, Intermezzo 118 No. 2 by Brahms.

And then there's Jennnifer, who likes to tell the story of how she first came to Alpena as an actress at Thunder Bay Theatre, and then ended up staying to marry her leading man, Tony Jasso. Her vocals are superb, and while she and Tony both have been a bit busy in recent years with jobs and raising their young daughter, I can only hope that somewhere down the road she returns to the theatre.

Linda's daughter Katie, and Jennifer's husband, Tony, both joined in the concert as well by singing thoroughly enjoyable duets with Jennifer. Everyone came away from the event with a smile on their face and an appreciation for the sheer talent found right here in Northeast Michigan!

 
 

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