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Music is food for the soul
According to Muppet creator Jim Henson, “Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.”  

I want to thank the music teachers and students of Montevideo public schools for nourishing my soul over the past two weeks.  

The feast started with the high school music department’s production of  “Oklahoma.” Choir Director Dan Hampton, his assistant Sam Hathaway, and MHS Band Director Tim Domka worked long hours over many weeks to produce a fantastic show. The display of talent among student actors and musicians was truly outstanding.  

Last Thursday, kindergarten through third-graders played to a standing-room-only crowd at the Fine Arts Center under the direction of Tami Gabrielson and Mary Sue Kruger. The strong, rich sound of these young voices was beautiful and amazing.

On Friday, the tastefully refurbished Hollywood theater was transformed into the “Mambo Inn,”  and guests were treated to terrific jazz music with a Latin twist. Again, Mr. Hampton, Middle School Band Director Lee Varpness and, in particular, Mr. Domka are to be commended for the extra hours involved in the production of such a show.   

I encourage anyone who has missed these opportunities for “soul food” to take in what remains of the spring concert season. Check the district’s website or for more information.

—Ellen Moore