Variety highlights community concert

The South Cariboo community has been good to Glenda Ottens and her family, so she wants to return the kindness in the form of a free concert that she’s calling the “Concert of Community Spirit.”

Ottens is music director for the band and choir at Montgomery Middle School in Coquitlam, and the daughter of Tony and the late Dee Eades of 100 Mile House.

When her mom passed away recently, Ottens says she was touched by the support shown by people in this community.

With her group of 35 talented students, Ottens will offer music as a way of giving back to the community at Martin Exeter Hall On May 27.

The musical event starts at 7 p.m. and will feature a concert band, jazz music, African drumming, a choir and some very special effects that Ottens wants to keep under wraps.

There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted for the Lions Club Pennies for Diabetes Campership Fund for Children, which Ottens’ mother supported.

On May 26 and 27, the music group will perform for students at local elementary schools, and during down time, soak up the Cariboo atmosphere at Spring Lake Ranch, where they will be staying.

Ottens says she and her students are very excited about their stay in the area.

“The kids are really looking forward to experiencing ranch life, being near the forest and learning about the gold rush. It’s going to be fun for them.”