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PRESIDENTíS MESSAGE

 

Our last meeting was short a few members and we pray for those who had a difficult life challenge to face. We all share our sympathy with Gene Omasta and his family as they lost his grandsonís wife in an accident. Several others could not attend due to illnesses.

††††††††††††††† On a positive note I am happy to report that Sandy and Danese both recovered from respective surgeries and were back playing their accordions again.

††††††††††††††† The orchestra practiced well and I am pleased with the selections we are preparing to perform at our concert in February 2020. The Sound of Music medley brings back fond memories and who doesnít like Rodgers and Hammerstein? The Billboard March should get people fired up as well.

††††††††††††††† Want to thank Clyde for his class and Betty for playing at our lunch break. However, the highlight of Bettyís performance might have been when I asked her to talk about her recent French performance on the streets of Birmingham. It was quite a unique venue with hundreds of people attending.

††††††††††††††† At the business meeting, Craig confirmed our next concert will be February 15, 2020 featuring Dr. Mike Middleton (1PM and 7PM). As such we are asking the orchestra to perform at both concerts. We will be publishing some flyers for the concert and ask all to send them out to your respective networks. We will be discussing other advertising efforts at our next meeting on January 18th, 2020. I know normally the concert substitutes as that quarterly meeting, but since the orchestra is playing at the concert, I thought it important we have one more practice/performance prior to the February concert. In addition, it is always fun for this group to get together and share the music.

††††††††††††††† There were several notable moments during the November program. First, I want to compliment those who played duets or group songs. It takes discipline and practice to work together to present your piece. However, there were several players that either extended themselves or their music provided a strong emotional response. For example, when Jim Bossert was playing, you could tell how much he loved playing and the audience responded to his passion. Also, Dan Burque stretched himself by performing March of the Toys (a very difficult piece). My favorite was Keithís rendition of Oblivion. It definitely made you want to move.

††††††††††††††† Encourage all to select your two pieces soon for the next meeting. As always, challenge yourself but have fun at the same time. Was interesting I tried some rock and roll in this last program and think one song worked and the other didnít. But we donít know what works unless we try. Letís get a full house in January in preparation for our February concert.

Sincerely,

 

Frank Caravella

 

President