2001-05-26 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s Rockaway Music and Arts Council

by Sharon Gabriel

Notes From The High C’s
Rockaway Music and Arts Council

The Rockaway Theater Company’s Opening Night Performance of Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn is almost sold out! On Saturday, June 2, a 7:00 p.m. show at the Post Theater, Fort Tilden, co-sponsored by Rockaway Music and Arts Council, will be followed by a Champagne Celebration and Decadent Desserts.

Music will be by Arthur Rollins Jr., who is frequently found at the MGM Grand and Harrah’s in Las Vegas as well as in Atlantic City and Freeport in the Bahamas. Forget the calories for the evening and for all the Freds and Gingers, this is an opportunity to put on your dancing shoes. Those of us with two left feet can just enjoy the fabulous array of desserts and delightful music.

As an added bonus, your ticket for the evening becomes a raffle ticket. Wonderful prizes include Field Box seats for a Met Game with free parking and tickets for future Rockaway Theater Company performances. Be sure to RSVP quickly as seating is limited.

Come Blow Your Horn was one of Neil Simon’s earliest and funniest comedies with one scene that I particularly remember. The father, looking into the refrigerator, sees almost everything covered with aluminum foil. His comment to his wife was something like, "This looks like a damn aluminum factory." Now every time I open my own refrigerator and see all the aluminum foil, I chuckle about that line.

The Opening Night Celebration also heralds the annual Rockaway Music and Arts Council’s Sunset Picnic Concerts. Beginning on Sunday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. we present the renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dancers. Comparable to any Manhattan theater experience, this is a great "coup" for RMAC to present, free, at Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Tilden. Thrilling performances by these extraordinary modern dancers were also presented by RMAC at both Beach Channel High School and Far Rockaway High School, this spring as part of our Sounds of Music Program.

On July 8, The Phil Giordano Orchestra will recreate the great sounds of Count Basie and Woody Herman. And then, always a Rockaway favorite…Legends of Rock’N Roll will be July 22 featuring The Dimensions and Shirley Austin Reeves, lead singer of the Sherelles. This popular concert will be in memory of Leon Locke, past publisher of The Wave and former RMAC Festival Chairman.

Back by popular demand on August 5 will be Dean Karahalis and the Long Island Pops. Then, on August 19, from the country that gave us the samba and the bossanova, The Sounds of Brazil. All concerts are scheduled for Sundays at 6:00 p.m. at Fort Tilden.

The Sunset Picnic Concerts are planned and coordinated by our own, talented John Musumeci…RMAC Music and Technical Director. His wealth of knowledge enables us to present a unique and ever-changing series of summer performances which appeal to a great variety of musical tastes. Bravo, John, for another great musical season.

Mark your calendars to join us for all these exciting RMAC events.

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