On the evening of Nov. 28, Oak Harbor High School was the scene of sold-out performance that featured the Toledo Symphony Orchestra with Oak Harbor High School Choir and Band. Students were provided with the opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians. The performance also featured members of the Woodmore High School Chorale and Oak Harbor alum Kia Frank. The event was sponsored by the Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools Music Boosters.
The fundraising committee of Anne Mulligan, Pam Dedes, Ann David and Jaime Tooman worked to seek local sponsors. Mary Wood and a large committee transformed the theater into a winter wonderland for the event. Pam Dedes and Mary Frederick chaired the task of providing a meal for the Toledo Symphony and the nearly 250 performers.
Mr. Russ Raber, Oak Harbor High School Choir Director commented, “This was a once in a lifetime musical opportunity for our students. To perform alongside a major symphony is simply unheard of for high school students. My sincerest thanks to BCS Music Boosters and all the parents who worked so diligently to make this event a reality.”
Mr. Travis Magoto, Oak Harbor High School Band Director added, “Having the opportunity to perform with a professional orchestra is something that our students will remember for the rest of their lives. It was truly a joy to have the opportunity to work with the Toledo Symphony, and I too would like to thank all who helped make this event possible.”
BCS Superintendent Guy Parmigian expressed his pride in the students, staff and all of the community that rallied to help make the event possible,“This was such a rich experience for our students, and is a prime example of what makes Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools the stand-out, world-class learning institution that we are.”