I am a Gainesville resident and have been for 18 years. Sunday night, I had the most wonderful musical experience!

This was my first opportunity to enjoy a performance presented by the UF School of Music. Don Suther, a tenor for the Gainesville Civic Chorus Master Chorale, invited me to the performance of the UF School of Music’s “Sounds of the Season.” I wish I had realized how truly amazing this experience would be; I would have brought my whole family.

The evening began as the University Concert Choir and the Gainesville Civic Chorus was heavenly singing the “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” from above me — in the balcony — while the University Symphony Orchestra magnificently performed on the stage of the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. I closed my eyes, breathed in deep and my soul was lifted out of my body to float in the air with the music. It was a wonderful experience and a beautiful beginning to the Christmas season. “African Noel,” performed by the Women’s Chorale, the Men’s Glee Club and the African Percussion, was very uplifting and cheerful, as was each of the other 12 arrangements. Bravo!

I would like to thank everyone involved in this musical experience. The night could not have been more perfect! Each one of you painted a vision in my mind with your very positive energy and amazing talent. Thank you, UF and Dr. and Mrs. Machen, for your very generous musical gift to our community. May God bless all of you with peace and happiness.

P.S. The UF radio station recorded the whole evening for all of the community to enjoy this season.

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