‘The More the Merrier’ at Philomel

The Philomel Club of Warren gathered on the wintry February 7 afternoon at the Woman’s Club to enjoy a merry program.

After President Ann Ferguson welcomed members and guests, Chairman Joseph Dolan gave some background information about the first three pieces, written in three different periods of history for piano 4-Hands. Pianists Vera Finger and Dolan then adeptly played “Fancy-for Two to Play,” by Thomas Thompkins (1572-1656); “Air from the Suite No. 3 in D,” by J. S. Bach; and “Lady Gaga Fugue,” by Giovanni Dettori, based on the song “Bad Romance,” music by Stefani Germanotta and Nadir Khayat.

Next, Cathy Peterson, pianist, played “Farewell Waltz, Op. 69, No. 1, in A Flat Major,” by Chopin; Charles Johnson’s 1911 piano composition, “Cum Bac Rag,” and “Bossa Pipa,” by Edwin McLean.

The program continued with Josephine Simonsen in period costume, accompanied by pianist Jack Hemink, delighting the audience with recitations of “The Elements” and “The Hunting Song,” by Tom Lehrer. Mrs. Simonsen then played “Ashokan Farewell,” by Jay Unger, the theme music for the Civil War TV series on the violin. Finally, Mrs. Simonsen sang, a cappella, “What a Wonderful World,” remembering Louis Armstrong.

To conclude the afternoon performances, soprano Carolyn Worley sang “Gia il sole dal Gange,” by Alessandro Scarlatti and “Nel cor piu non mi sento,” by Giovanni Paisello, both accompanied by pianist Jack Hemink.

A Valentine Tea in the dining room, hosted by Donna Ball and Nancy Foster, concluded the afternoon.

The next meeting will be at the Woman?s Club at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, when Little Bach/Junior Philomel will perform. Hostesses will be Gail Cowan and Dottie Higgins.

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

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