Philomel meets for afternoon of music

Photo submitted to Times Observer From left are Christine Kuntz, Jack Hemink, Carolyn Worley, Josephine Simonsen, and Joan Eighmey.

Friends and members of the Philomel Club met at the First Lutheran Church of Warren on November 12 for a special afternoon performance.

Chairperson Mary Donaldson greeted members and guests and introduced each of the performers.

The program began with Carolyn Worley, contralto soloist, accompanied by Jack Hemink, pianist, singing “If You Love Me” in Italian. Violinist Josephine Simonsen, accompanied by pianist Joan Eighmey, then played Schubert’s “Ava Maria,” Mendelssohn’s “Meditation,” and Willson’s “Till There Was You” from The Music Man. Christine Kuntz, soprano soloist, accompanied by Jack Hemink, pianist, followed by singing three lovely lullabies: “A Short Lullaby Song,” by Perchanov, “Sleep On My Baby’s Eyes,” by John Carpenter, and the folk tune “The Lovely Horses.”

The afternoon performance continued with featured artist Jack Hemink, organist for First Lutheran Church, sharing several interesting facts about the organ he was about to play, especially that it had just recently been entirely rebuilt and rededicated. Jack played Felix Mendelssohn’s “3rd Movement from the 1st Sonata,” an early Bach piece, “Fugue in D Major,” and a modern piece by Eric Thiman.

Light refreshments were served in the church’s Narthex following the program.

Hostesses were Donna Ball, Katherine Dolan, Mary Donaldson, Nancy Foster, and Rosalind Hupp.

The Philomel’s “Happy Holidays” program will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Woman’s Club. The chairperson will be Linda Clark Peterson. The Philomel chorus, as well as Joan Eighmey, Jack Hemink, Denise Pearson, Josephine Simonsen, and Carolyn Worley, will perform.

New members, performing and non-performing, are welcome. Call Robert Merenick at 726-0143 for further information.