2004-04-16 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Notes from the High C's

We hope all of our friends and neighbors have a happy Easter and a wonderful Passover. At this time of the year, we are starting to warm up (thank goodness), and look forward to sunny days and a wonderful spring and summer.

The RMAC have been hard at work planning for this season. John Musumeci, our musical director, has planned a spectacular Summer Concert Series beginning on Sunday, June 27 with the wonderful Gilbert & Sullivan production of "The Mikado."

The Gilbert & Sullivan company have appeared with us several times before and you may remember the delightful production of "Pinafore."

Danny Vincent and His Big Band, who have been such a hit in the past will be appearing again with a very special guest straight out of the audience. So, get your dancing shoes ready for this one.

Who can forget Dean Karahalis and "The Long Island Pops Orchestra." Their stirring renditions of American music are just thrilling to hear.

A special Irish concert on Sunday, August 8, will present "Memories
of Ireland" featuring Cady Finnegan.

You want Rock n' Roll?

How about The Platters? Who doesn't remember them? The Platters will end our concert series on Sunday, August 22. Our Rock n' Roll Concert is always in memory of Leon Locke who was the publisher of The Wave and a moving force in the RMAC.

We are sure Leon will be watching this concert with us.

As time gets closer, more will be written about each concert and the performers.

It's going to be a great musical summer.

Come September 11 and 12, we will be holding our 20th Fall Festival. Twenty years, I still can't believe it.

What started out as a means of funding other projects has turned into our major event with more than 20,000 in attendance each year.

Our Vendor Chairman, Fern Liberman, advises that she is way ahead of last year in the number of vendors who have already applied and been accepted. These are people from all over the country.

We are becoming known through festival literature and word of mouth, and of course, through Fern's hard work, and it shows in the wonderful vendors that Fern has been able to obtain.

More to follow about our Music Memory Program for the children and a possible museum trip currently being arranged.

See you in the next column. Bye for now.

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