, Salem, MA

January 11, 2013

Letter: Outstanding performances at Peabody City Hall

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

The slogan “Pride in Peabody” certainly seemed appropriate as I listened to the Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Chorale sing at the midterm inaugural of city government held at City Hall on Monday night. What a pleasure to hear this dedicated group of students! Their performance of “America” (arranged by Robert Edgerton) was pristine, and superbly directed by Jon Simmons. We are fortunate to have Mr. Simmons at the helm of the high school choral program. He is an exceptional musician, not only in his ability to discipline his young singers, but also in his choice of material. He and the chorale have impressed audiences at every community event where they have performed. And I would just like to give them an extra standing “O” here — in writing. Bravo!

We are lucky, as well, to have Jason Jones conducting the PVMHS Concert Band. Kudos to him and to his band members for a spirited performance at the City Hall proceedings Monday. It must be a thrill for the students and conductors alike to perform in a venue like the Wiggin Auditorium, where the acoustics are so extraordinary.

So yes! “Pride in Peabody!” I, for one, am very proud of our high school music program.

Jacky Ankeles