2006-08-25 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

In case anyone noticed, I missed the deadline for my column last week. As the old saying goes, AIt=s the nut behind the wheel.@ I know as much about a computer as I know what=s under the hood of my car. However, I will say this, I know where to put the windshield washer to keep my window clean but that=s about all. Now, to get back to the computer, for some reason or other, the disc didn=t want to go into the slot in the computer to print the column to bring to The Wave, and consequently, by the time I got my column to the paper it was too late to be published last week so now I=ll let you know what you missed (or didn=t miss). Don=t even bother telling me about the internet or e-mail, I have enough technical problems as it is.

Dean Karahalis and The Long Island Pops were, as usual, fantastic. From Mozart=s Figaro to Man of La Mancha, A Chorus Line, Les Miz and Marvin Hamlisch, there was something for everyone and at the end of the concert Dean Karahalis brought two guest conductors to the stage to lead the last number. Stars in waiting, they were Olivia Musumeci, John & Laurie=s daughter and Dean=s grandson. They added a wonderful finishing touch to a wonderful concert.

Our concert this Sunday, August 27 will feature the Kings of the Keyboard, the exciting music of Scott Joplin, Art Tatum and Fats Waller and our special guest, my friend Ed Berlin, who happens to be one of the foremost authorities in the United States on Ragtime music.

Ed and I were high school classmates who met up again at our class reunion two years ago and when he mentioned his connection to music, I put him in touch with John Musumeci and last year we had our first ragtime concert. Everyone seemed to like it so much that we have another one planned for this Sunday. Not the same pianists and not all the same music, but all real American.

Work is going forward on our Fall Festival which this year will be held the weekend of September 16 and 17 at Jacob Riis Park. Each year it gets better and better with new vendors, new food items and new children=s events. At this point I can tell you that the Shore Garden Club of Belle Harbor and Neponsit will be exhibiting in the bathhouse. The flower shows are always crowd pleasers and we hope you will stop by and take a look and if you have problems growing plants or flowers, speak to one of the exhibitors.

In connection with the Festival, we are looking for volunteers to help. If you have at least four hours to spare on either day, see me at the concert or join us at our monthly Board Meeting which will be held on Wednesday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. in Geraldine Chapey=s office, 104-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Our Membership Drive is now on and we hope that if you have been a member in the past you will renew your membership and if you are thinking of joining, please see me during the intermission at the concert on Sunday.

Now, let=s hope my computer disc will print this article--or I=m going to be in a lot of trouble.

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