Letter to the Editor: A wonderful recital scheduled this weekend


Residents of Winchester have an opportunity this Sunday to hear a wonderful recital of works by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini and Mendelssohn at Braddock Street United Methodist Church.

The performers are Amy Murray and her husband Steven Andrew Murray. The Murrays received degrees in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2011. Their piano accompanist, Eric Waggoner, also has a degree in music from Shenandoah Conservatory.

I heard the Murrays’ performance in New Market this past Sunday. Though I am not a professional musician, music has been a passion all my life, beginning with lessons from Ruth Crawford Seeger in the 1940s. (Mrs. Seeger is probably better known for being the stepmother of Pete Seeger than the incomparable music teacher of children that she was.)

The selection from Rossini’s Stabat Mater on the Murrays’ program led me to think back to my childhood, when I listened to “The Lone Ranger” on the radio, and realized that Rossini had composed the radio program’s theme song, “The William Tell Overture.”

The selections from Mendelssohn reminded me of J.S. Bach, my favorite composer. Not only was Mendelssohn a great “reviver” of Bach’s works in the mid-19th century, his music has a noticeably Bachian feel to it.

I encourage residents of Winchester to hear Steven and Amy Murray in recital this Sunday.

Charles A. Miller, New Market