2000-07-22 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
By Sharon Gabriel

RMAC’s Summer Picnic Concert Series presented the second in the summer series last week with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players interpretation of The Pirates of Penzance. What a great performance! There were five singers who played several different roles and they were delightful. They all had beautiful voices and certainly did justice to the wonderful Gilbert and Sullivan music. That was the first half of the concert. The second half was requests from the audience and specific songs from other operettas. This part of the program went on and on finally breaking up sometime after 8:30 in the evening.

In addition to the music, the RMAC raffled off a beautiful wicker picnic basket fully outfitted with plates, cups, glasses and utensils. Raffles were sold before the concert and during the intermission. Lew Simon was in charge and he went around to everyone and I dare say, twisted a few arms for the RMAC. He did a wonderful job and we thank him.

Now to our concert this Sunday at 6 p.m. Our Rock ‘N Roll Concert will feature our own Rockaway favorite, "Kenny Vance and the Planotones" and the second group will be the 50’s group "The Del Satins". Kenny, of course, is a favorite of ours and has performed previously at the RMAC concerts. We are lucky to have the group back because of their extensive schedule. In addition to performing with The Planotones, Kenny has a distinguished background in music as a music supervisor, producer, composer, and actor. Some of the films he has worked on include "Animal House", "American Hot Wax" and the John Waters cult film "Hairspray". At one time, Kenny was also the music director and composer for "Saturday Night Live". Among album releases, Kenny was the featured solo artist on "Eddie & The Cruisers" soundtrack and was a founding member of "Jay and the Americans". And if all that wasn’t enough, Kenny has appeared as an actor in several Woody Allen films including "Husbands and Wives", "Crimes and Misdemeanors", "Stardust Memories", and "Manhattan" and this is only a partial listing of Kenny’s work.

If you are a rock and roll fan you won’t want to miss this concert.

The next concert on Sunday, August 6 is a special delight and one that I am personally looking forward to. Featured will be Dean Karahalis conducting the Concert Pops Orchestra of Long Island. If you like rousing music and enthusiasm, you will not want to miss the "Pops" and Dean Karahalis. His energetic and entertaining style of conducting has been delighting audiences since 1982 and "The Pops" are a cultural treasure for Long Island. In addition to leadership of the Concert Pops of Long Island, Mr. Karahalis was appointed, in 1992, as the conductor/musical director of the Eglevsky Ballet and has performed with the Radio City Music Hall and New York Lyric orchestras and is director/founder of the New York Brass Choir. You are in for a treat at the August 6 concert.

A reminder that the RMAC Fall Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, at the Riis Park Bath House. Many new and wonderful crafts people and artists will be presented as well as some new food vendors, a new flower show and many more events. Start making your holiday gift list and bring it to the festival. It’s a great place to start your holiday shopping.

Our next museum trip will be to the Hamptons and among other things, will include a visit to artist Jackson Pollack’s studio. If you are interested in joining the trip, speak to Barbara Eisenstadt at the next concert.

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