Foothills Music Club May meeting

Published 2:40 pm Monday, May 24, 2010

The final meeting of the Foothills Music Club for the 2009-10 season was held at the home of the clubs president, Fran Creasy, on May 13 at 2:30 p.m., followed by a musical program at 3 p.m.

The two main purposes of the club are to encourage its members to perform (each member is expected to perform at least once each season), and to give scholarships to young music students, grades 9 through 12, who live in the area.

Elaine Jenkins reported that 20 students auditioned for scholarships on April 23 and 24, 11 of whom were awarded scholarships ranging from $50 to $500. The winners will use their scholarships for lessons, instrument repairs, purchase of higher quality instruments, and other expenses related to musical studies including piano tuning and purchase of personal mouthpieces for school-owned instruments.

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The musical program, entitled 3M: Mozart, Mendelssohn and More, featured a guest harpist, Lelia Lattimore, and her double-action concert harp. She explained that double action pertains to functioning of the seven pedals. The 45 strings on the harp are tuned to the seven pitches of a major scale. The pedals on this harp allow the strings to be adjusted either a half step up or down relative to a C-major scaleWhat all this means is that a harp without pedals has only the equivalent of the white keys on the piano, but the pedals make it possible to have the black-keys too. Lelia commented, Its really a mechanical device with over 1,400 moving parts. Then without further ado, she played the ever beloved Lords Prayer, by Albert Hay Malotte.

Lattimore was then joined by Fran Creasy, flute, and Mimi Child Traxler, piano, who played the Andantino movement from Mozarts Concerto for Harp and Flute. This was followed by another harp solo, the Meditation from Jules Massenets opera Thais.

Jeanette Shackelford, piano, concluded the program with Variations Srieuses, by Felix Mendelssohn. She explained that the French word srieuses in the title has two meanings, important and exquisite and they were just that.

Next season the club will present two public concerts to help commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Town of Tryon. These will be on November 11, at Isothermal Community College and March 10, 2011 an organ program at Tryon Presbyterian Church. Both concerts will be at 3 p.m.