Letter - Conyers talent takes my breath away

To the editor:

The talent that has come out of our small town of Conyers sometimes takes my breath away. While most have heard of Dakota Fanning, and many know of Holly Hunter, I wonder how many are aware of two of the world-class musicians we can claim.

On Feb. 15, my husband and I attended the performance of "God's Trombone" in Olde Town. The talent on stage was remarkable. I was familiar, I thought, with the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, but to hear it performed like they did in "God's Trombone" gave me an entirely new experience. And while all of the performances were outstanding, the vocal talents of Conyers' own Theresa Hamm-Smith were absolutely breathtaking. Ms. Hamm-Smith has performed all over the world, in venues where thousands pay hundreds of dollars a ticket to hear her. Here, in Olde Town Conyers, we were given the extraordinary opportunity to hear this magnificent talent in an intimate venue for the price of a family night at the movies. It was a magical evening.

The next "home-grown" world-class musician to be performing in Conyers will be Marcus Printup. If anyone has watched late night TV, the name Marsalis should be familiar. Branford and Wynton Marsalis are among the premier musicians of our time, and Printup, who is from Conyers, toured with Wynton Marsalis. When Marcus Printup performed in Conyers a few years ago, he amazed us. And we get that opportunity again soon!

Theresa Hamm-Smith, Marcus Printup. Conyers has produced two of the best in the world. How fortunate we are that they choose to perform for us here at home.

Evelyn Sweet-Hurd, Ph.D.