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Summer Scherzos June 2014 – 14 Members Attend the First Meeting of the Summer

June 24th, 2014

Rumy Wildner, Coordinator for the Summer Scherzos Performance Group submitted the following report:

Just to let you know that our first meeting in June was very successful.  Margot Prendergast was our hostess, and I would like to thank her for her warm welcome to all of us attending.  The wonderful thing about our summer meetings is that it gives us the opportunity to meet members from all of the various groups that meet individually during the season.  We had 14 people attending.  Quite a good turnout.

Pieces for piano, flute and bassoon were performed.  Tom Draney gave us the story of The Lonely Shepherd Boy as he played several short tunes by Julius Weissenborn on the bassoon.  Cindy Quehl played Romanze by E. Claine and Communion, from the Mass de Saint Cécile by Gounod. Norma Farmilo accompanied her on the piano, and I hope that she has the time to come to some of our other meetings during the summer.

Piano pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Grieg were performed by our pianists Sonya Light, Marilyn Stanhope, Florence Levin, Rumy Wildner, Marilyn Scott, and Anne McLean. (See attachement of complete program)

Anne McLean introduced us to some Norwegian Dances by Grieg and also gave us a glimpse into the dance possibilities at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Naples.  Every Friday night they have a dance party.  So perhaps, if any of you would be interested, we could get together socially at the Fred Astaire Studio.

Jeannette Boucher, Joan Tischler, Claire Burden, and Geraldine Gale, were here to support us.

I would like to thank all of you for making this a wonderful experience.”

Summer Scherzos

June 2014

Hostess: Margot Prendergast

Program

(Performer, Instrument, Composer, Composition)

Sonya Light, Piano, J. S. Bach Prelude in A flat major

Marilyn Stanhope, Piano, Tchaikovsky, June Bacarolle from the Seasons Opus 37a

Florence Levin, Piano, Beethoven Sonatina No.1

Rumy Wildner, Piano, Beethoven,  Moonlight Sonata, 1st movement Adagio

Marilyn Scott, Piano, Brahms, Intermezzo in A major, Opus 118

Anne McLean, Piano, Grieg, 25 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances, Opus 17, – Spring Dance; Oh, the pig had a Snout

Cindy Quehl, Flute,  E. Claine, Romanze

Norma Farmilo, Piano, Gounod, Communion from the Mass de Saint Cecile

Tom Draney, Bassoon, Weissenborn, Music set as a backdrop to the story The Lonely Shepherd Boy created by Tom

Guests: Jeannette Boucher, Joan Tischler, Geraldine Gale, Clare Burden

The Anderson String Quartet – Quarterfinalists in the 2014 International Fischoff Competition

May 22nd, 2014

Did you know we have a prize-winning student string quartet here in Naples? It’s the Anderson String Quartet, comprised of principal players from the Naples Youth Philharmonic who are also current and past prize winners of our Club’s Scholarship Competition. They recently returned from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where they competed, along with 23 other ensembles from across the nation, as quarterfinalists in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. We loved spotlighting the quartet at our recent Scholarship Winners’ Recital and supported them by encouraging attendance at their recent fundraiser. Here is the letter they sent us upon their return.

Dear Naples Music Club,

What an incredible time we had at the Fischoff Competition in South Bend, Indiana! We truly appreciate all of the support and encouragement that The Naples Music Club has shown us, that I thought I would write you a note to follow up on our trip, and to share all of the amazing experiences that our quartet had together!

Misty Drake, Noelle Torres, Cassie Drake, Tarik Marques

Misty Drake, Tarik Marques, Cassie Drake, Noelle Torres

Every day was filled with fun and hard work, starting with our six hour trip up to South Bend on Thursday morning. We received quite the special treatment toting around all of our instruments, including the usual problems traveling with a cello. It’s definitely more interesting traveling as a group! Notre Dame is such a beautiful university. After taking a little time to explore the campus, we went straight to the practice rooms to prepare for our competition the next day at 11:30.

Friday morning came quickly and our day started off with check-in and a 9 o’clock rehearsal. From the moment we arrived, it was fun to see the other ensembles in their carefully coordinated ties and gowns, which added an elegance to the electric atmosphere. Shortly after, we were escorted to the green room. Once we were handed our excerpts, we frantically bracketed our music and ran through each selection. It was now our turn to enter the stage in Philbin Theatre … finally! All of our preparation and hard work had now paid off, thanks to our coach, JT Posadas, having prepared us so well. We all felt it was one of our best performances no matter what the outcome.

An hour later, we were whisked away to Liberty Elementary School to participate in the Peer Ambassadors for Chamber Music Program (PACMan). This particular elementary school does not have a music program, so we gave them a mini concert to introduce the string family. These 2nd and 3rd graders really enjoyed our excerpts demonstrating pizzicato and dynamics, as well as some contemporary pieces. All of these students were so responsive and energetic towards our program that I’m sure we must have made a positive impact on many of them. We are so glad that we volunteered for this event, making our trip extra special!

We then enjoyed the rest of Friday, cheering on our favorite ensembles as the competition progressed into the night. All of the other 23 junior ensembles were just phenomenal! Which is why we were not surprised to find out Saturday morning that we did not make it to the semi-finals. And we were shocked to find out which other AMAZING chamber groups did not advance either! At this point we felt truly honored to be considered among the best high school chamber groups in the country chosen to come to Fischoff this year. This was a huge privilege, and an experience we will never forget!

The festivities closed with an ice cream social on Saturday night. Here we were able to meet and speak with the judges again about our performances. They were always so encouraging and insightful, reminding us again how difficult it was to choose their finalists. After this incredible weekend full of practicing, performing and master classes, each one of us in the Anderson String Quartet felt like winners too!

Thank you again for your overwhelming support and encouragement. We couldn’t have come this far without you !

Sincerely,

Misty Drake, Noelle Torres, Cassie Drake, Tarik Marques


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