Foothills Music Club hosts opera and stars of tomorrow

Published 10:11 am Friday, November 18, 2011

Front row from left: Jeanette Shackelford, Fran Creasy, Elaine Jenkins and Mimi Child Traxler; Back row from left: Rita Stobbe, Liana Stadelmann, Luke Sappenfield and Samantha Bell. (photo submitted)

The Foothills Music Club held its monthly meeting Oct. 13 at the home of Elaine Jenkins.
After a brief business meeting, the program began with three selections from Mozart’s opera, “The Marriage of Figaro.” Club members Elaine Jenkins and Rita Stobbe sang two duets, one comic and the other lyrical. Stobbe also gave a heartfelt rendition of the Countess Almaviva’s second act aria. Mimi Child Traxler accompanied the two at the piano.
Next followed Fran Creasy playing the “Meditation” from Massenet’s opera, Thais, on the flute. It was quite interesting since this is a piece often performed on violin; but this listener found it equally lovely on flute. Jeanette Shackelford accompanied Creasy at the piano.
Now for tomorrow’s stars. All three were winners in the FMC scholarship competition given each spring. The first to play, unaccompanied on the clarinet, was Samantha Bell. She gave us “Adagio” (Etude No. 24) by Carl Baerman. Next, a young violinist, Liana Stadelmann, played “Allegro Moderato” from “Concerto No. 2” by Friedrich Seitz. Jeanette Shackelford accompanied. The final performance was on the euphonium by Luke Sappenfield. Luke played the rather difficult piece, Georg Phillipp Telemann’s “Sonata in F minor.” Mimi Child Traxler accompanied on the piano. All three young performers expressed their gratitude for FMC’s support in pursuing their private studies.

FMC has two goals: to encourage young people who have enjoyed the rewards of participating in musical activities and to encourage our members to keep up their own musical growth. To this end, members must perform at at least one meeting each year.
Watch for more information on FMC’s public concert on Jan. 12, 2012.
– article submitted by Mary Meyers

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