Chardon: Community concert at St. Mary Church

11:52 PM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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The entire Chardon community came together Tuesday night to remember the events that happened one year ago Wednesday.

Channel 3's Jennifer Lindgren brings you the story.

Hundreds of parents, students, teachers and community members filed into St. Mary's Church Tuesday evening to listen to a concert performed by the high school band and choir.

The hour-long event included nine songs, dedicated to Daniel Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King, Jr., the three students killed in the school shooting almost a year ago today.

A school district spokesperson says the young musicians spent the last month putting Tuesday night's program together.

"Just to be able to share music tonight, for the kids to be able to share their gift and for the community to experience it, I think was really important," said Fritz Streiff, Director of Choirs at Chardon High School.

The school wanted to do a concert as part of the commemorative events to be held on February 27 but, because it will no doubt be an emotionally difficult day for the students, the concert is being held one night early.

"We really tried to pick music that would be uplifting for the kids, and help them heal and look forward to the future. I think that showed tonight," said Melissa Lichtler, Director of Bands at Chardon High School.

St. Mary's sanctuary holds about 1,000 people and Tuesday night, it filled to capacity. Overflow, if necessary, was accommodated at Park Auditorium on the Chardon Square.


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