Music Warehouse ‘electrified crowds’

To the Editor:

Unless Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have performed in Piqua, there has likely never been such a talented group of singers in this city as the amazing cast of the 20th Music Warehouse, who electrified the crowds at Hance Pavilion on August 7 and 8.

Tom Westfall, the “Pied Piper” of vocal music in Piqua, has likely never directed a choir or chorus with the sheer mind-blowing talent as he had at that perhaps final gathering of this annual showcase of young singers. Plenty of local and area high school and college age singers excelled; a younger chorus was charming as always. The addition of about 25 “alumni” singers from over that 20 years, several with professional singing backgrounds, added a talent level that exploded on those two beautiful summer evenings. One amazing musical feast after another transformed the old pavilion into a little piece of heaven.

Jean Wilson expressed the sentiments of all of us with her beautifully written letter a few days ago in her praise of Mr. Westfall and his ongoing flow of musical contributions to our community and schools. We surely agree.

The spectacular event would have made for a lovely photo spread for the Call, but we looked in vain for any post-event coverage.

Bravo to Tom Westfall; bravo to the 150+ singers; bravo to the orchestra of the best instrumental musicians in the area; bravo to the Music Warehouse “alumni” who came from far-distant homes to join the young singers of our area in this world-class event.

It was two nights to be remembered.

— Susie and Gordon Wise