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Philomel Club opens its 129th season

The Philomel Club of Warren opened its 129th season on Sunday, Nov. 8. Members gathered at the First Lutheran Church in Warren to enjoy organ, flute, vocal, and piano music.

Jack Hemink began the program with rousing chorale selections arranged for the pipe organ. Throughout the program, he delighted the audience with additional organ selections that demonstrated the changing and yet unchanging form of the organ chorale throughout the centuries. We heard selections from the old masters, Bach and Brahms, and of more recent composers, Emma Lou Diemer and Michael Burkhardt.

Denise Pearson, flautist, beautifully played the Prelude from Wachet auf arranged by Donna Gilliam.

Vocalist Carolyn Worley’s clear voice stirred our hearts with “The Goodness of God” by Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach and “O Divine Redeemer” by Charles Gounod.

Christine Kuntz presented a selection of vocal and piano pieces composed by Patrick Doyle and used in the 1995 film “Sense and Sensibility”, including “The Dreame”, “Weep You No More Sad Fountains”, and “My Father’s Favorite”.

Due to COVID-19 uncertainties, the club is holding an abbreviated schedule this year. The Club’s next meeting will occur on Wednesday, Feb, 10, 2021, at 1:30. We will meet at the Women’s Club of Warren.

Normally, Philomel Club meets monthly from September to May to enjoy a musical performance and formal tea. New members are always welcome and you do not have to perform, you just simply have to enjoy music.

Philomel Club is a tax-exempt charitable organization that supports music education. Each year it provides numerous scholarships to youth, college students, and adults studying music. If you would like to support music education, consider donating to the Philomel Scholarship Fund.

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