2011-05-27 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

We are happy to report that the 2011 Concert Series is set to begin. Save the dates of Saturday evenings June 11 and June 25 and join The Rockaway Music and Arts Council for the first two concerts of the newly-named Barbara Eisenstadt Concert Series.

This series will present two of our most popular performers in return engagements. On Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m., Dean Karahalis and his Five Towns College Pops will perform. Of course, Dean Karahalis is one of our favorites. He is a master conductor and, as you know, he puts his all into each performance and presents a great show.

The second concert on Saturday, June 25, also at 7:30 p.m., will present Jerry Cardone and his Quintet. Now we all know Jerry as our own “Sinatra.” He is so good that if you closed your eyes you would think that Sinatra was actually on the stage. Jerry Cardone presents a wonderful show doing all of Sinatra’s music and he is a treat.

Now, here are some things you must know about both evenings. The concerts will take place at the Post Theater in Fort Tilden. That’s the theater building used by the Rockaway Theatre Company.

The cost is $20.00 per person and while there will be no specific reserved seats, you can call the RMAC at 718-474-6760 or log onto: www.rockawaytheatre company.org to make your reservations and then pick up your tickets and pay for them at showtime.

Since there is no specific seating by row, I would suggest you get to the theater early so you get the best seats available. Just a reminder, parking is right next to the theater so no walking.

Because of time limitations we were only able to present two concerts this season and if everything works out, watch for more next year.

Before going any further we would especially like to thank John Gilleece, Susan Jasper and Peggy Page of RTC for the generous use of their theater and for all of their assistance in helping us put this series together. Without them it would not have been possible.

Needless to say, their sound man and the rest of their crew are owed a big thanks from the RMAC for their generosity of time.

In speaking about the Rockaway Theatre Company, I don’t know if you have ever seen any of their shows but if you haven’t you are missing the best performances this side of the Mississippi with the exception of Broadway ... and the RTC ticket prices are just right. This season their program of shows is fantastic. In July they will be presenting “Annie Get Your Gun.” August will bring “Crossing Delancy” and in September it’s “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

The final show in October will be “Rockaway Cafe, The 10th Anniversary.” As soon as you see their ad in The Wave, call the theater and reserve your seats because I have a feeling they are going to go fast.

Last week as a representative of the RMAC, I attended the RDRC 25th Anniversary Gala at Russo’s On the Bay where Laura Sporny, Sales Manager of Arverne By The Sea, was one of the honored guests. I became friends with Laura many years ago, just stopping into their office to introduce myself and the Rockaway Music and Arts Council, tell them about our organization and welcome them to Rockaway.

ABTS became a participant in our Fall Festival, promoting it and our other events to the new members of their community.

It was a way to introduce Rockaway and one of its many cultural organizations to our new neighbors. Many a Saturday morning I stop into their offices on Beach 73 and Shorefront and it’s almost like a neighborhood meeting room.

There are always people in and out and you almost always meet someone you know. During the spring and summer months ABTS has a cocktail party every so often to introduce their new owners and “possible” new owners and I am asked by Laura to attend as the “resident historian,“ since I have lived here almost my entire life. It’s always a fun event and maybe I even persuade some to move here ... who knows?

To get back to the beginning of this column, just a reminder to save the dates of June 11 and June 25 for the RMAC Barbara Eisenstadt Concert Series and call or e-mail for your reservations.

See you around town.

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