Various music programs good opportunities

Snow birds are returning and so glad to be back, albeit with a little whiteness abounding but on the wane. I love this time of year, with spring just around the corner, but for those so disposed, the Lenten season brings a peaceful and resourceful time to think and plan for the rest of the year and the joyful coming of the Easter season.

On March 7, the Minut Piano Duo, of Mirabella and Bogdan Minut, presented “Bach and Belief,” the most beautiful music of Johann Sebastian Bach. We heard “Sonatina” from Cantata BWV 106 and a selection of Lenten chorale preludes on piano with four hands, followed by “Chorale” from Cantata BWV 147 and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (a favorite of mine) on two pianos. The “St. Matthew Passion” (selections), a “Suite” for two pianos, was the culmination of an inspiring evening of liturgical music by these two gifted musicians, coordinators of the St. Bartholomew Concert Series.

Music to look forward to in town will be the music series at First Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. Sunday featuring “The Philharmonic Strings + Piano” which is sure to be a wonderful evening with the strings of Vanessa Edwards and Christina Kim on violin; Jonathan Lee on viola; Jae Choi on cello; Andrea Chilcote on bass; and Ray Hass on piano. Also, the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic program “Freedom!” will be 7:30 p.m. March 28 at Columbus North High School.

Look to the Bartholomew County Public Library for many interesting programs coming up in March. To name a few: “Civil War Group Discussion,” “One Stroke Painting,” “Intro to Drawing,” “Medicare Seminar” and many more. Information can be found by going online at or by calling 812-379-1255.

Tony Moravec has stepped forward again to save a very old and special building in our community, the Pump House. He previously turned Zaharakos, an aging tourist destination, into a dream come true. The renovation was very special for those who grew up looking forward to a visit for their favorite Gom sandwich and/or ice cream sundae.

It will be exciting to watch the rehabilitation of the dear old Pump House and the very beautiful setting at the entrance of our city along the river under the guidance of a man with very creative ideas and dreams. In addition, Mayor Kristen Brown is hoping to rehab the area to the south of First Street, which has been a long-awaited and anticipated happening.

Another season is cropping up and that is the primary election in May for the selection of candidates. It is our patriotic duty as well as our right as citizens of the free world to chose our leaders. With the news of the world at our finger tips, we all know that we are very fortunate and should be responsible in carefully getting to know everything about the individuals who are willing to take the future of our communities and towns in their hands.