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WMAS NEWS UPDATE
November 15, 2005

 

Meeting Notes from the President

It was an honor to be part of the "studio audience" for Stella and Joan's live CD, recorded during their wonderful performance at our meeting Nov. 8.

The two played a number of pieces by Stas Venglevski: "Short Visit," "Musette/Dream of Paris," "March," "Autumn Illusions," "Tango for Two," "Always and Eternity," "Latino Moment," "Let's Play Together," "Circus Polka," and "While I'm Away."

They also played "Black and White Rag," "Siciliano for Harpsichord and Flute" by J.S. Bach, "Strada del Sole" by Hubert Deuringer/Werner Bohm, "In Walked Wolfie" by Frank Marocco, and "Swedish Rhapsody" by Percy Faith.

Stella wrote second parts for "In Walked Wolfie" and "Black and White Rag," and she did some improvising on the second parts for "Swedish Rhapsody," "Strada," and "Latino Moment."

Some of the pieces were humorous, some were moving, and all were beautifully played. We look forward to listening to them over and over again when we get the CDs.

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I'd like to take a moment to welcome all our new members and tell them how much we appreciate having them. I'd also like to say we miss all of you old members who haven't been around lately, and we would love to see you or hear from you. Certainly forward us any ideas you have for programs or other events; we are always open to change and new ideas.

We also are looking for people to get involved.

For example we need help with the following:

- organizing special events, including the holiday concert, Scandinavian night (Feb. 14), and the next Polka Night;
- publicizing our activities, including contacting TV and radio stations;
- posting information to the national and international accordion web sites;
- videotaping the meetings; and
- posting flyers, including the one for the holiday concert flyer (to be forwarded separately).


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOLIDAY CONCERT

Rehearsals

The last evening rehearsal is Nov. 29 at 7:30 at the church. PLEASE try to make it. The dress rehearsal will be Sunday, December 4, at 2:00, just before the 4 pm concert. You NEED to be there!

We still need people to help with the concert and potluck. Luis usually runs the kitchen, but he will be in Mexico this time, so we need about six people to help get the food ready to serve. Please check the list of tasks below and let us know if you can volunteer some time. Family members play an important part in making this program a success, and we are very grateful for their help.

FOOD SIGN-UP

MAIN DISHES (we need about six)
Karen Malan-Uribe - Chicken

CASE OF BOTTLED WATER

PUNCH
Karen will make a fruit punch

VEGETABLE DISHES
Debbie Mezzetta
Mara

SALADS

PASTA/POTATO/RICE DISHES
Elizabeth Nelson

DESSERT
Teddy Kunez


OTHER TASKS

DECORATIONS
Debbie Mezzetta

SETUP 2:00

CLEANUP
Elizabeth Nelson

COLLECT MONEY AT THE DOOR - Juliette Tahar

PROGRAMS - Malini Dominey


THIS IS THE PROGRAM LINE-UP SO FAR

Conductor: Joan Grauman
MC: Dale Wise M.M.E

WMAS Band - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Frosty, God Rest Ye Merry
Gentleman, Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, Joy to the World

Silvia Eberly - German Christmas Song

Zarina - Jingle Bells

Mike Rubin - TBD

Phil Fox - TBD

Joan Grauman - TBD

Peter DiGiovanni - Christmas Oldies Medley

Potomac Ensemble - Lovers' Waltz, Picnic Polka, Le Clochard de Paris,
Sandmannchen

Karen Malan-Uribe - Christmas Time is Here

Robert Juszczyk - The Skaters Waltz & La La La Polka

Ronald Charvet - TBD

Leone, Clare & Mara - Ding Dong Merrily on High

Rick, Mara & Adam - First Snow

Jim Vandellly - TBD


OTHER EVENTS

Jewish Folk Arts Festival This Weekend

You'll be able to hear some accordions at the Jewish Folk Arts Festival this Sunday, Nov. 20. The festival runs from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Shady Grove Campus, University of Maryland, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville, Md.

Mike Rubin will play with Di Shpilers at 1 pm for 30 minutes.

Wendy Morrison will play with her groups Shalshelet 4:45 pm and Klezcentricity at 5:30 pm.

For more information, see
http://www.jewishfolkartsfestival.org/f-musicians.htm.


Accordionists at the Oakton Unitarian Church?

Gary Koerner is looking for WMAS members to volunteer to play for Sunday
morning services at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Oakton.

Please contact Gary at GKoerner@Verizon.Net or (703) 938-3193, if you are interested.


 

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