Each year when the Arrowhead Arts Association presents their thrilling fall concert at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Arrowhead someone of note is honored by being given the opportunity to conduct the National Anthem at the beginning of the exciting concert on Sunday, September 21.
This year’s honoree is Pat Welsh and they couldn’t have found someone more deserving that this dedicated, friendly, creative, funny, devoted man. Pat was one of the original founders of The Arrowhead Arts Association organization that truly does bring music to the mountains in many different ways. This organization continually fulfills its purpose: to bring great music to the mountain communities,to educate children so they have a love of music, to support music students in the Rim of the World Unified School District and home-schooled students interested in music.
Pat has always been an integral part of the music in the mountains and so, it is so appropriate that he is being honored for his dedication to the organization as well as to our local mountain communities. Not only has he been instrumental in the Arrowhead Arts but he is a wonderful, dedicated, helpful, funny man. He deserves the accolades he gets. Congratulation to “music’s good friend” Pat. Throughout his years and years “on the mountain” he has continually shown his love for the local communities in many different ways. His love for music and his willingness to help start the Arrowhead Arts Association speak volumes about his commitment to the mountain communities.
This year, in addition to the symphony students in the All Mountain Strings Ensemble, led by teachers Sharon Rizzo and Linda Wilson, will perform. This ensemble includes students from the sixth through twelfth grade and you will be amazed by their skill and their performance. If you think they can’t be too good because they’re “just students” you need to attend so that you can be enthralled.
As the Arrowhead Arts Association has grown through the years their outreach to the mountain communities has also grown and they have become an integral part of the music community in the Rim of the World communities. Last year one of the most exciting collaborations was between the Lake Arrowhead Ballet Company and Arrowhead Arts Association when members of the ballet company and music students combined their talents and gave performances at the elementary schools. It was pure magic and the students loved it. This was, I believe, the first collaboration between the two programs and I certainly hope it’s not the last because it was wonderful. At Charles Hoffman Elementary School the music students, in suits and “performance attire” played, and the dancers danced in colorful costumes. It was fabulous and the children, sitting on the floor in the cafetorium at CHE, were enthralled.
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church is a magnificent venue for music productions and the beautiful church is located at 27627 Rim of the World Drive in Crest Park (Off Hwy. 18 behind Rim High School).
Come. Enjoy. Your heart and spirit will be lighter!
Tickets in the preferred seating section of the church are $40 each. Kindergarten through 12th grade students are admitted free with an adult. The general seating section tickets are $25. For information call (909) 337-0284.