2017-12-28 / Life in Leelanau

Learning. professional artists join for solstice


THE DANCE Leelanau Ballet troupe strikes a pose on the Old Art Building Stage. 
— Photos by Shannon Scott THE DANCE Leelanau Ballet troupe strikes a pose on the Old Art Building Stage. — Photos by Shannon Scott On the shortest day of the year, the Old Art Building was bright with warmth and light as attendees enjoyed a sold-out concert featuring oboist Mezraq Ramli, pianist David Husser and the Dance Leelanau Ballet troupe with Hillary Voight.

More than two dozen girls in pink tutus and feathers and a couple of boys in black tights and white tees chasseed and plied on stage to live music.

The collaboration was the first-ever for the musicians and dancers. Their performance brought together parents, grandparents and other family and community members.

“Our daughter Lily likes to watch ballet and loves the costumes,” said Lake Leelanau resident Ashley Heyboer. “This is the third class she has taken with Heather,”

Leland resident Judy Egeler has followed Ramli’s career. “I greatly admire Mezraq. He is one of my favorite people. He is so open, friendly and warmhearted.”


OBOIST Mezraq Rami entertains with tunes from baroque to Hollywood. OBOIST Mezraq Rami entertains with tunes from baroque to Hollywood. Ramli, a native of Singapore, has previously performed in county venues including the Leland Community United Methodist Church.

After the dance performance audience members turned their chairs to the west side of the Old Art Building to listen and sing along to a wide range of music, from baroque to tango to popular tunes.

The evening concluded with “Jingle Bells,” champagne and cookies.

— Story by Jennie Berkson

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