2018-08-16 / Local News

New York to play at Martinson family fundraiser

By Kelsey Pease
of the Enterprise staff

THE MARTINSON HOME in Suttons Bay will host the second annual Leelanau Youth Music Scholarship concert this Friday, benefiting county musicians.THE MARTINSON HOME in Suttons Bay will host the second annual Leelanau Youth Music Scholarship concert this Friday, benefiting county musicians.
What happens when the Northport Community Band’s principal bassoonist and music librarian conspire to support budding musicians?

Apparently they hit the right note, given the success of last year’s inaugural Leelanau Youth Music Scholarship concert that raised nearly $1,000.

The event will return Friday with hopes of drumming up even more support.

“(Ted Kroll) and I scheme all the time,” said Dolly Martinson of her benefit concert co-founder.

According to Martinson, the concept came to them last year at her daughter’s graduation party, which was held in her family’s traditional Japanese-style home.

After her daughter, French hornist Natalie Myers, played a few pieces along with her mentors and teachers, Martinson said people commented on what a neat venue the Martinson home was for a small concert.

“After that, the cog started to turn,” Martinson said.

From there, Kroll and Martinson planned a concert for Kroll’s quintet, the Prevailing Winds. Pianist Bobbie Lange and the Leelanau Flute Ensemble were added to the lineup shortly after.

Despite Mother Nature keeping performers and attendees indoors at the inaugural event, Kroll said it was successful nonetheless.

“Dolly suggested that we put out a basket for a scholarship fund and we got an incredible response from that,” he said.

While both hope for better attendance with Friday’s sunny forecast, Martinson noted that the backbone of the event is its nonprofit design to help local youth pursue music — regardless of whether it’s as a career or just a hobby.

“Music is similar to sports — it’s a financial commitment but we certainly don’t expect anyone to make a career out of music,” she said.

Given her own musical pursuits and those of her two daughters, Naomi and Natalie Myers, the financial challenges aspiring musicians face strikes a chord with her.

“I remember as a parent — not just for myself but for others as well — it can be difficult to fund instrument rentals, reeds and lessons,” said Martinson, a bassoonist herself. “It adds up and we don’t want the cost to discourage anyone.”

She said the event is also a way for her daughter to pay forward the support she’s received as a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and sophomore at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Taking place both indoors and outdoors at the Suttons Bay home of Martinson’s parents, Kumi and Bob Martinson, the evening of music will include performances by the Prevailing Winds of Leelanau and the Leelanau Flute Ensemble starting at 7:30 p.m.

Martinson is excited to also welcome special guests from the MET Orchestra and Interlochen Arts Academy faculty. They are bassoonist Patricia Rogers, violist Michael Ouzounian and violinist Ara Sarkissian.

“We have world-class musicians coming to little old Suttons Bay,” Martinson said.

Additional local talents are vocalists Emma Grant and Amelia Hall, pianist Bobbie Lange, French hornist Natalie Myers and the Ukulele Orchestra of Suttons Bay.

There is no cost to attend, but freewill donations are suggested with proceeds funding a music scholarship for Leelanau County youth. The Martinson home is located at 308 Adams Street, Suttons Bay.

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