The Ottumwa Courier

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May 21, 2013

Making memories on stage -- and off

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On the other hand, he said, it’s hard to believe, he said, that such a beautiful, award winning sound comes from a musical group made up of just four voices and a tambourine. The pop, gospel and original music of Tonic Sol-Fa hits the Ottumwa stage on April 12.

Season tickets went on sale Monday night and will be sold through June 30.

Of course, said Gawronski, Bridge View Center has been encouraging local talent, from singers to orchestras to community theater programs. And the 2015 Iowa Tourism Conference, which officials had been hoping to bring to Ottumwa, will be held at Bridge View Center.

Gawronski also played some scenes from last year. One that wasn’t seen a Bridge View, however, was still a good memory for those behind the scenes, he said — and for Monday night’s audience.

It was a quiet video shot by Rudy Gatlin on his cell phone. Before sending the video out on Twitter, he said he was in Ottumwa, that it was Sunday morning, and he was standing midway between the Catholic and Methodist churches. With the bells playing various spirituals, the Gatlin brother, appearing casual and happy, sang along before heading back to Bridge View Center to perform.

To see reporter Mark Newman’s Twitter feed, go to @couriermark.

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