Lauds performance, auditorium

To the editor:

The first performance ever in the brand new Fort Dodge Middle School auditorium was a tremendous success. The 51-voice men’s choir and instrumental ensemble gave a nonstop performance for 1 hour and 45 minutes of high-energy singing and comedy (Oct. 7). Singing in the audience, directly to the ladies of the audience and even encoring in the foyer after the performance, these young men and their extremely talented director performed music for every taste from classics to barbershop to modern rock. They gave a show that their enthusiastic audience will not soon forget.

The Purdue University Varsity Men’s Glee Club has been entertaining for 120 years throughout the United States and all over the world. Historically, Purdue and Yale have had the most acclaimed male glee clubs in the United States. The most amazing aspect of Purdue is that it is comprised completely of underclassmen and not a one of them majors in music as there is no music major offered at Purdue.It is obvious that they truly love what they do and they do it extremely well.

The nearly completed auditorium has a warm and friendly atmosphere with excellent acoustics. When they finished a song either with high volume or a soft, tender ballad, there was a very nice reverberation of about 1 second. Seating was very comfortable and we found that sitting in the easily accessed balcony allowed for perfect sight lines to the stage. It was a wonderful evening of outstanding musical entertainment and when the concert was finished, we could walk a very short distance to our car.

William Griffel, nephew of Fort Dodge’s Bill Griffel is the gifted and creative director of the Glee Club and we are all indebted to Bill and the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust for bringing this outstanding ensemble to Fort Dodge for this unforgettable evening of musical entertainment.

What a great beginning for this new facility, the first of many more to come.

Larry Mitchell

Fort Dodge