Lambda A Province Nov, 2011 (look for additional information added 11/21) Alice Moerk, President Francesca Veglia, Editor For the newsletter: November 7, 2011
I have a few reminders as we enter the “holiday” season. Amazing how it now seems to extend from Halloween through New Years’.
We are meeting on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 PM at the home of Lenore Horner. We will begin with the musicale – The Medieval Moerk – as some of our performers have other commitments. This will be followed by a SHORT business meeting.
Our Christmas luncheon will be held again at the Bradenton Country Club on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11:30. Check elsewhere in this newsletter for your reservations. Again, we are indebted to Estelle Schultz for the arrangements.
Lambda Province weekend is scheduled for January 27-28 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Zeta Tau Chapter informs us that the focus will be on Music Therapy. We did not participate last year, so it would be good if some of us would attend. I have registration forms and will bring them with me at the Nov. meeting. They are also requesting performers for their musicale.
I tried to add the info that Alice sent in a PDF form so that you should be able to open it, but I had to send it via email because it would not let me attach to the website. Look in your regular email for more info, in case you were not able to.
Our National Convention will be in Atlanta August 2-6. Its theme is also in the area of Music Therapy: The Healing Power of Music. There is a call for convention presenters and performers. Again, I have the forms and info.
I look forward to seeing you on the 12th.
Alice Moerk received awards for music and letters at the State Convention of NLAPW: Gloria Dei for organ, The Wheel of Life for soprano and English horn, the musical A Mountain Mother Goose, and the novel The Piper of T’P’S’L. Her 5th novel, Ain’s Song, has been published by The Peppertree Press; a book signing will be held on December 2 at the Joan Peters Gallery in the Village of the Arts in Bradenton. Magnificat, for soprano and piano, will premiere at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach in Nov. 27. She was featured in The Trumpeter, a publication of Gloria Dei.
Letter from the Editor Nov 6, 2011
Our November meeting will highlight two premieres as we perform The Medieval Moerk (!) which will coincide with the publication of Alice's new book Ain’s Song. George Byers, her WV “partner,” sent his lyrics to “Songs of the Court” and they will be sung by Francesca Veglia and David Stasney. Sarita Roche and Mary Webb are working on “Songs of the Middle Ages” with lyrics by medieval poets -- and one former student. Then, Carole Cornman Fetterman and Bonnie Wolfgram will present excerpts from my opera, “Alianor.” It’s fun for me; hey, I’m a medievalist -- in heart and mind!
In other news, both of our composers, Alice Moerk and Halide Smith, took home several awards for their compositions at the National Pen Womens dinner a few weeks ago. I was honored to be one of the participants, along with Carole Cornman Fetterman, to perform Halide's cat duet again in costume as it was nearly Halloween. I must appologize for a bit of the corny comedy that took place, as we decided to get into our characters. I was so distracted by the dancing feathers from our boas that Carole started chasing, I forgot to make my entrance, alas Mary Webb our 'mousie' accompanist just vamped until I did. Then there was a prior planned event to chase my tail during the measures in between a sung moment, I noticed that my tail caught hold of the silk scarf Halide had given me prior to our singing to cover my shoulders. It must have got hooked when I stood up, so to my surprise when I looked back behind me at my tail, I had been singing with this shawl attached to my rear. Believe it or not I did not laugh, however, as I went to put it on the chair behind us, I caught my heel on the carpet, so now I looked like I was a cat who had been in the nip a bit. Needless to say, I missed another entrance. As I said to Carole later, when I looked back in the music I lost my place, it all looked like Meow to me and I had to catch up. I felt like I was in a Three Stooges routine. Regardless of my foibles, all was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and although I appologized to Halide for changing up her piece a bit, all was well in the end. I think there is a rule in the theater about using props, even with practice, they get in the way or get you in trouble somehow.
For Alice's piece I will be wearing a veiled costume from Romeo and Juliet to go along with the Medieval theme. -----Just joking- NO MORE PROPS!
Love and Roses, Francesca
Ellen Di Pompeo added some info on the Pen Womens awards: Halide also received 2 third places in the Pen Women conference contest and I had one. Here's what I lifted from the newsletter: MUSIC AWARDS Alice Moerk 1st place Lyric Vocal sheet Category, The Wheels of Life, soprano & English horn 1st place Solo Instrumental Category, Gloria Deo, for organ 2nd place Multiple Vocal Score Category, A mountain Mother Goose Halide Smith 3rd Place, Multiple Category,"Whistles" 3rd Place, Multiples Vocal score Category, "Eerht Dnilb Ecim" Ellen di Piazza 3rd Place, Solo Instrumental Category, "Horseplay"