Durham News: Opinion

Your letters: Ramya Krishna, Ruth Leopold

‘Tis the musical season

In spite of superficial divides of association, proximity, and ideology, music unites, bringing together people who wish to experience the elation it brings and want to share it. The Duke Medicine Orchestra is the result of over 90 members from 26 departments connecting music to Duke Medicine and to the greater Durham community.

We’re branching out this holiday season with a beautiful piece commissioned from New York-based composer Michael Markowski, called “City Trees.” The premiere will be on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s East Campus. We will be having a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. with local artist Clara K Johnson, who will be exhibiting artwork designed for this theme, and Mr. Markowski, who will share the roots of his inspiration for “City Trees.”

Before the concert, lumber on out to our tree planting ceremony on Dec. 1 at noon, on Buchanan Boulevard between Onslow and Sedgefield, behind Baldwin Auditorium. Revel in the music of our Brass Ensemble and witness the planting of live trees in honor of our premiere. We are also participating in the Triangle Tree Challenge, so we “axe” you not to “leaf” us hanging (like our creative ornaments will be) and vote for us from Dec. 4 to Jan. 5 at triangletreechallenge.com.

Make us poplar! Tell your friends and family, and come enjoy some great music on Dec. 9 and the replenishment of Durham’s urban forest on Dec. 1. We hope to see you there.

Ramya Krishna

The writer is a senior at Durham City of Medicine Academy and a violinist in the Duke Medicine Orchestra

Through the ‘Roof’

On behalf of The Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, I want to thank you for the terrific picture of a scene from “Fiddler on the Roof” which you ran in the Nov. 22 edition.

It drew a lot of attention. The line for tickets on Sunday stretched out the door!

We are grateful for the coverage you gave us.

Ruth Leopold

Community Church of Chapel Hill

Editor’s note: You’re welcome, Ruth. To all community and high school theater directors: Please send details of upcoming shows to chnclerk@newsobserver.com so we can list them in the free Daybook calendar (and when schedules allow, shoot dress rehearsal photos).