2009-07-17 / Columnists

Notes from the High C's

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

I've just returned from the first concert of our series this year and can report that everything went smoothly. This has been the first time in our new venue, in front of the Riis Park Bath House, and it couldn't have been better. The weather was beautiful, just a little breeze, and the shade slowly crept over the audience from the west and made everything enjoyable.

As you know our first performers were the Rockaway Theatre Company Orchestra led by Walter Birkhold, who is the conductor of their orchestra for the current production of "Oklahoma." They played a few numbers from the show but most of their music was the standards with which we are quite familiar, including Duke Ellington's "Take The A Train." As a matter of fact, some of the cast from the show came to the concert and were introduced to the audience and they received a nice round of applause.

Since this is a new concert area for us, we were quite concerned that everything would work out, including the parking. Since parking for the most part is in the main lot opposite the bathhouse, we were concerned about people having to walk a distance, but I actually think it is no further than where the parking was in Fort Tilden. For those who need handicapped parking, it is just to the left of the bathhouse building as you are facing it. We were not sure everyone was aware of it for this concert so, if you plan to attend the next concerts just remember that the handicapped is to the left of the bathhouse. During the intermission, we had our drawings for three gifts we had prepared and asked three of our guests to pick the winning number. We called on Abe Mintz to pick the first ticket and wouldn't you know, he picked his own ticket. After a good bit of ribbing we awarded him his prize. We did not have the same problem with the other raffle.

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