2011-05-13 / Columnists

Notes From The High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

Get ready for the 2011 Summer Concert Series. Arrangements have been finalized with the Rockaway Theatre Company for the use of the Post Theater in Fort Tilden. While this year’s series will be an abbreviated one, we are sure you will enjoy it and especially who will be appearing.

After a brief discussion at our last board meeting, it was decided to change the name of the series from The Sunset Picnic Concert Series to the Barbara Eisenstadt Memorial Concert Series in memory of Barbara who came up with the idea of the series many years ago. We know that everyone loved the idea of sitting on the field on a Sunday evening and enjoying an evening of food and music with our friends. While we will all miss that, we hope you will enjoy this new venue, the Post Theatre at Fort Tilden.

For this year the series will consist of two Saturday evening concerts in June (watch this paper for dates) at the Post Theater. One of our favorites, Jerry Cardone will present his Sinatra “Old Blue Eyes” evening with a quartet backup. Jerry is just a wonderful performer who puts on a great show and I’m sure you have seen him at several of our prior concerts. Jerry and John Musumeci, our concert producer, have a great friendship and when John called, Jerry said yes. The second concert will feature another of our favorites, the one and only Dean Karahalis and the “Five Towns Symphony,“ a group of 35 to 40 members of his Youth Orchestra. We just hope they all fit on the stage. Once again, John and Dean have a great friendship and Dean didn’t hesitate to say yes.

We are all very excited about these two groups because we didn’t think we would be able to accommodate them, especially Dean Karahalis and such a large group on the theater stage, but it’s going to work.

As you may know, the theater seats a little less than 250 people, and so it will be first come, first served and because of the costs now involved, there will be a charge of $20 per person, payable at the door. While we will still be holding our “coffee basket” raffle, we will also be raffling off two original paintings at each concert, one by Stephen Yaeger and the other by Arlene Cornell. Steve and Arlene are accomplished artists and both are members of RMAC (Steve is Pres-ident of RMAC), Rockaway Artists Alliance, and the Brooklyn Watercolor Society. The two advantages we will have to being inside the theater are: the weather won’t be a factor and if the weather is hot, there is air-conditioning. What could be better.

Another wonderful event that is part of our school-based Music Memory Program will take place on May 26 when students from two of our local schools who are part of the Music Memory Program will participate in a citywide competition at Skirball Hall at NYU. Now if you have read this column in the past you know that our local children always come away from this competition with either the first or second prize. So, keep your fingers crossed and watch The Wave for pictures and notes about this event. We at the RMAC are very proud to be a part of our children’s music program. It is so important that they learn that there is something other than rap and rock and roll in which they can participate.

See you at the concerts.

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