2005-08-18 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Here is it, the week of our last Sunset Picnic Concert, and it’s so hard to believe that August is winding down and that the end of summer is just one month away. It’s gone by so fast and so HOT. But then again, we never seem to be happy; either it’s too hot or too cold, we’re never happy.

The one thing we at RMAC can be happy about is the wonderful response we have had to our concert series this summer, and the best is yet to come this Sunday, when my friend Ed Berlin will narrate and introduce two of the best ragtime musicians in the world. Terry Waldo and Peter Muir are the best of the best, and have played all over the country. As I mentioned in an earlier column, Terry Waldo lived with Eubie Blake for several years to absorb his music and style, and Peter Muir, even though he was born in England and studied music there, became a proponent of ragtime and blues music long before coming to the U.S. As a matter of fact, he came to the United States for his graduate degree and wrote his dissertation on the old-time blues music. So, as you can see, both of these men are at the top of the blues and ragtime charts.

This may be the last Sunset Picnic Concert this season, but we at the RMAC are very busy and excited about our next event, which is our Fiftieth Anniversary Gala at the Brook-lyn Museum’s Beaux Arts Court on Saturday evening, September 10. We hope you can join us for this spectacular event. The evening begins with cocktails at 7:30 p.m., with music by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet. There will then be a guided tour through the European Paintings Gallery, to be followed by dinner and music, and a silent auction of some fabulous gifts.

As you may know, the front of the museum facing on Eastern Parkway was recently redone in glass, and it opens the museum to a beautiful promenade.

We hope you can join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Please feel free to call me at (718) 474-8353 if you would like further information and a formal invitation, we will be happy to send it.

To go back to the festival for just a minute, we are always in need of volunteers to help on both Saturday and Sunday. If you have about four hours a0vailable and would like to help us, please let me know and we will arrange for our volunteer contact chairman to contact you.

Have a great week and try to keep cool.

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