Fenton ArtWalk

The special ensemble of the Fenton Community Orchestra, conducted by Tim Martuch of Fenton, performs on Saturday, outside the main art tent at the community center. Aside from art on display and for sale, there was at least one musical performance on each block.

Five years ago, 25 hopeful musicians turned out for the first practice of the newly organized Fenton Community Orchestra, and 40 were on stage for their first concert.

 Today, close to 70 musicians are preparing for the Fenton Community Orchestra’s Spring Concert on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Fenton High School.

 The concert will also feature performances by the Fenton High School Jazz Orchestra. This free-admission concert will feature a lively combination of classical, jazz and pop.

 Executive Director Jennifer Fleck is expecting another large crowd, especially following the “standing room only” holiday concert in December. “We’ll be holding a formal dress rehearsal on Thursday, April 30 and the FHS Key Club will invite area senior groups to attend,” said Fleck. “It’s nice for the audience to have easy access and a shorter evening, and we’ll have refreshments for them to enjoy.”

 Fleck was the original founder of the orchestra, along with Lisa Bayer of A Joyful Noise Music Studio in Fenton. She was formally hired as executive director on Feb. 1.

 “When we moved our rehearsals to Fenton High School and had Andy Perkins as our band director, that’s when we really started to grow,” said Fleck. “Andy’s a very skilled conductor, and we have appreciated the use of the school’s percussion equipment and music stands. It’s a true partnership with Fenton schools. It’s a win-win for all. Our orchestra gives students an after-school strings program. A lot of students play in the FHS Band, too.”

 A fundraising breakfast for the Fenton Community Orchestra is planned for Tuesday, May 5 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center.

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