Rain seems to be a recurring theme for our musicales. It rained again as we traveled to the home of Julie Harbin, where she welcomed us into her wonderful studio with two pianos from which to choose. Once many had arrived, we forgot about the rain for a while as we chatted away. We had 13 GMG members and a guest who wants to join us. We welcome Deborah Weiner. Thank you, Julie for hosting us for this musicale and your warm hospitality.
The beauty of the Harp filled the room as Julie played, Let There Be Peace on Earth. The harp was a delightful variation to our musicales. Sabine, we loved your Sonata in E major by Scarlatti. It was a perfect piece to follow the harp. Utako breezed through the Chopin Nocturne Op. 62 No. 1, which was a very technical piece. Arlene was right in tune with the weather performing, Debussy’s Jardins sous la pluie. It’s great to have you back with GMG.
Leanne continues to perfect Franck’s Sonata in A, 2nd movement. We really appreciate your focus and endurance as you polish the details of this piece from memory for Carnegie Hall. Ed performed the Tocatta from Le Tombeau de Couperin. We are so impressed as you play this from memory. Annette sang Goodnight My Someone/ Till There Was You where the characters find love and in O Mio Babbino Caro love tragically slips away.
Kimber beautifully performed a piece from Des Abends, as she will be performing all the pieces with her piano students. Lugubre Gondala was just as morbid as Tom described before playing. Liszt definitely got his feelings and mood across in this piece. Well done, Tom. Rob brought a light hearted interlude for the morning. We all sang, The Lady Is a Tramp. That was a great change to the routine.
Sabine played the Mozart Fantasia in D minor beautifully portraying the somber and reflective, but flowing introduction. Then the piece moves into the lighter portions where the mood is a little brighter. Then Julie W. and Utako played the Mozart Sonata K 521 1st movement with four hands which was a great contrast to the Mozart Fantasia. You could imagine everyone getting up and dancing. Well done ladies. Finally, Paul performed Beethoven’s “Tempest”. We could just imagine it as you played, Paul.
The diversity of music and performers is so inspiring and encouraging to all of us. We can imagine ourselves trying something new or taking on challenge. Thank you to all who have performed today and for your support and encouragement..
We truly do “sing and play for our supper”. We enjoyed delicious sandwiches, fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers. For sweets, we ate ginger cake, cookies, and brownies. Julie had hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate to warm up this rainy day.
Thank you again, Julie for hosting this wonderful musicale. We were glad to meet Deborah and look forward to hearing her play next time. Out next musicale will be on March 17, 2020 at Piano Works in Duluth. Join us.
Please take time to read the details of the program below.
1. Julie Harbin (Harp) / Sy Miller and Jill Jackson Let There be Peace on Earth
2. Sabine Walsh / Scarlatti Sonata in E Major, K531
3. Utako Tanigawa / Frederic Chopin Nocturne Op. 62 No.1
4. Arlene Martinides / Claude Debussy Jardins sous la pluie (Garden in the rain
5. Leanne Manning / Franck Sonata in A
6. Ed Ewing / Ravel Toccata
7. Annette Russo W/Kimber / Wilson Goodnight My Someone/Till There Was You
Puccini O Mio Babbino Caro
8. Kimber Kwiatkowski / Schumann Des Abends
9. Tom Slavicek / Liszt Lugubre Gondola
10. Rob Busey / Sinatra Sing-a-long time permiting
11. Sabine Walsh / Mozart Fantasia in D minor
12. Julie and Utako / Mozart Sonata K 521 1st movement
13. Paul Cossman / Beethoven Sonata 17, D minor, Op 31, No 2, "Tempest" 3rd movement
14. Deborah Weiner / Listener
(Respectfully submitted by Annette Russo)