A Fond Farewell
Since 2008, I have had the privilege of working with some of the most hard-working, generous, and talented singers that have given of their time, finances, hearts and voices. They came together to provide quality entertainment and to give back to the community in a way that would be meaningful and caring.
For seven years, The Orlando Circle of Friends Chorus has succeeded in that mission. We have performed for a former Florida Governor/US Senator, for the Mayor of Orlando, for the elderly, for the dying, for the otherwise capable, and for caregivers of the terminally ill. Our charitable donations of money and time have gone to foster teens, AIDS patients, the abused, and service animals, among others.
We have sung in the raging heat, in the rain, in a theatre with leaks, in parking lots, in museums and concert halls – all joyfully and exuberantly. We have saluted our veterans. Our logo was even on a LYNX bus for a year.
It is with a heavy heart, that we announce that The Orlando Circle of Friends Chorus is disbanding. I couldn’t be more proud of our singers, both past and present, who worked diligently to build up others in our community and to sing beautifully and artistically. They have held this group together and even held me together after the death of my father during a concert weekend. They are truly spectacular people.
You, our audience members, have also made this group what it is. Without your attendance, contributions and encouragement, we couldn’t have done this for seven years.
I thank you for this opportunity to help make the Central Florida area a better place. I hope our actions have done that for some of you. To my singers (particularly to my husband, founding member and past President Peter Patterson), our board members, and our audience: I am blessed to have served you. You are and always will be The Circle of Friends.
Until we meet again, yours most humbly and gratefully,
Mark W. Hardin
Artistic Director and Conductor of The Circle of Friends Chorus