Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic ZOOM gathering

I hope you and your loved ones are in good health during these challenging times.

Here are a few resources you may find useful, enjoyable, and interesting.
Health resources:

~ California Department of Public Health
~ LA County Department of Public Health
~ UCLA Health

Don't forget our wonderful UCLA campus.

This morning on the early garden walks, we discovered great plants, medicinal trees and foliage, a stream, and all this in the middle of this angel's metropolis.

This Lilly flower is among thousands of species that thrive in the Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA.

Music and Cultural resources:

~ Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra the photo on left:
Jeremy Denk, pianist performs Mozart's Concerto No.19
in F major, K 459.

October 27, 2019 at Royce Hall, UCLA

~ Los Angeles PHIL with PBS for Great Performances

~ Metropolitan Opera

~ Library of Congress has our national cultural treasure

~ Open Culture for thousands of digital books

~ KCRW radio station for classical music

let us be connected, engaged, curious, kind, mindful & safe

Listen to music written during the Spanish influenza  (1918)

May 20th will be our inaugural zoom-based Music Section, and our last gathering in 2019/20 Music Season. Our next session will be in October 2020.
I will invite you for our zoom session to be held at 12:25 PM on Wednesday May 20th.
Feel free to have a glass of bubbly and refreshments of your choice.

Our initial program is updated and it IS THE EVENT OF THE MUSIC SECTION SEASON. You will be surprised! So prepare yourself for a live concert on Wednesday, May 20th at 12:30 PM.

Our subsequent meetings in 2020 and programs will include pieces, each inspired and written during politically challenging times.

>> Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) wrote Les Illuminations, op. 18 as a 9 song cycle in 1939-1940. We will listen Song No. 9 Depart. Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) wrote lyrics.

>> Ludwig van Bethoven (1770-1827) completed piano sonata Les Adieux, Op. 81a in E flat major on May 4, 1809 as Napoleon's army invaded Vienna. Many other compositions were composed about the same time, such as "EROICA," his Third Symphony (1802), as well as his opera Fidelio (1805).

>> Tchaikovsky’s The 1812 Overture shows the huge cultural impact of the Napoleonic Wars and their place in European memory. It commemorates Napoleon’s failed invasion of Russia in 1812 – Napoleon’s defeat and exile on the island of Elba.

Our other programs in the 2020-2021 Music Section Season will proceed as announced in the UPDATE May/June issue, focusing on the Second Viennese School with Getty exhibits.

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Our February 19th gathering was very special, thanks to the attendees & our guest cellist Janice.
HAPPY SPRING HOLIDAYS! As of April 13th 2020, there are over 1,9 million COVID-19 infected people around the World (over 586,000 in US). Little did we know back in February 2020 that we would not enjoy another music session together for many months throughout  2020/2021.
In order to CONNECT, I have CREATED a CURATED list of virtual music gems for you to enjoy.
Explore some of the following grand places: Library of Congress, LAPHIL, KUSC, WRTI, mymodernmet.com and let me know if you have some specially meaningful web sites for you so I can add for all of us to enjoy. 
                               STAY HEALTHY, BEST WISHES, STAY CONNECTED

Alma-Tadema: SPRING (1894)
from the J. P. Getty Museum collection

From left: Rochelle, Zorana, Caroline, Mireya, Susan, Olga, Mary Ann, Janice Foy
Janice (cello performer) and Zorana (chair, hostess, & presenter)

Inspired by the J. P. Getty's exhibition "Manet and the Modern Beauty," the group pondered aspects of New Order as expressed in the music vocabulary of the time, poems (from Les Fleurs du Mal), and Manet's paintings.
Rochelle reads a poem SWAN, Act II by Bodelaire

Paris may change; my melancholy is fixed.
New palaces, and scaffoldings, and blocks,
and suburbs old, and symbols all to me
Whose memories are as heavy as a stone.
And so, before the Louvre, to vex my soul,
The image came of my majestic swan
With his mad gestures, foolish and sublime,
As of an exile whom one great desire
Gnaws with no truce.
And then I thought of you,
Andromache! torn from your hero's arms;
Beneath the hand of Pyrrhus in his pride;
Bent o'er an empty tomb in ecstasy;
Widow of Hector -- wife of Helenus!
And of the negress, wan and phthisical,
Tramping the mud, and with her haggard eyes
Seeking beyond the mighty walls of fog
The absent palm-trees of proud Africa;
Of all who lose ghat which they never find;
Of all who drink of tears; all whom grey grief
Gives suck to as the kindly wolf gave suck;
Of meagre orphans who like blossoms fade...

We listened to selected pieces by Manet's contemporaries, composers. 
Examples of the pieces we heard at the February 2020 gathering:
~ Frederick Chopin, 1810-1849
~ Franz Liszt, 1811-1886
~ George Bizet, 1838-1875
~ Emmanuel Chabrier, 1841-1894
~ Edouard Lalo, 1823-1892
~ Jules Massenet, 1842-1912
~ Camille St Seans, 1835-1921
~ Hector Berlioz, 1803-1869

Zorana with Janice and beautiful pot of tulips
Our guest artist, cellist JANICE, performing for us

Charles Bodelaire -- title page from the Getty Research Institute Special Collection

Monday, August 5, 2019

THE BEAT GOES ON -- 2019-2020 Programs have started with the Summer at UCLA's Powell Library Rotunda

January 15th 2020 
Victor Shlyakhtenko goes to Chopin US competition

We started off the New Year with concert by our young star Victor, 17, whom we have known for about 4 years. He was our guest pianist at the FWC Centennial Program in 2018.

Today's program included major pieces by F. Chopin, J. S. Bach, and W. A. Mozart.

Victor Shlyakhtenko's solo piano concert at the home of Arlene and Francois
From left: Rochelle, Arlene (the hostess), guest, VICTOR, Francois (the host),
Zorana (Music Section chair), Stan, Jarka

Our Music Section included a small but strong audience of supporters. We enjoyed the piano recital by Victor (standing).

We wished him the best in his forthcoming Chopin competition to be held in Miami (February 2020).

The program we heard included demanding pieces by Bach, Mozart, and Chopin.
He also played an encore Chopin pieces.

Victor is interested in the art of piano performance, theory, composition, conducting, and yesterday, we found out that he also plays organ. He also explained for us choreography of Polish dances, such as polonaise in the Polish folk tradition. There was plenty of time to meet him, congratulate him, and wish him the best in his US Chopin competition in Miami.


Nocturne in D flat, op. 27 No. 2 by Frederick Chopin (1810-1849)
Prelude and Fugue in A minor WTC I, BWV 865, by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata in A minor, K 310 by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)

                    ~~~ break ~~~

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major Op.47, by F. Chopin
Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 29, by F. Chopin
Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22, by F. Chopin
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58, by F. Chopin

November 20th was held at the Cypress Lounge & Bar, Faculty Center at UCLA.

On behalf of the Music Section, Zorana Ercegovac, the founding chair of the Section, invited the Faculty Women's Club members to attend this recital. Faculty Center guests were welcomed as well. We encouraged attendees to enjoy a meal at the Faculty Center and take a beverage to the Cypress Lounge & Bar, modeling a 90-year-old Hollywood Bowl tradition.

Special Notes:
The concert started at 12:30 PM. 
If you are late, please wait to be seated during intermissions.

ARTISTS: The guest flutist Mr. Jae Uk Jeon, is accompanied by Ms. Jennie Kim, pianist.
Our Music Section member Kay Lee invited both performers to play for us.
ARTISTS with a subset of the audience
From left: Mrs Jeon (wife of the flutist); Gloria, Jaime, Jennie Kim (pianist), June, Mary Anne, Simone,
the flutist Mr. Jae Uk Jeon, Jeanine, Kay Lee (coordinator), Mireya, Zorana (Music Section chair), and Rochelle


>> Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Sonate pour flute et piano
>> George Bizet - Francois Borne: Fantasie brilliante sur des themes de Carmen
~~~~~~~~~~ Intermission ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Pietro Morlacchi (1828-1868): Il pastore svizzero (The Swiss Shepherd)
>> Paul-Agricole Genin (1832-1903): Variation Carnival de Venice

The November 20th chamber music concert was put together by the Music Section founding chair Zorana Ercegovac and our Music Section member Kay Lee.
Speaking about the program, and the sonata for flute and piano by F. Poulenc (1957)

In the Cypress Lounge of the Faculty Center, the audience enjoyed the program, many of whom desired the opportunity to have a live concert in the same setting in near future.

While the weather was cold and rainy, at least for the Southern California standards, we hosted several guests outside our music section membership. This might be a start of a new tradition: widening the audience beyond the Music Section membership.

The venue includes wood carvings designed by Evelyn Ackerman in 1959.

Our 2019-2020 Music Section included The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) on September 29th, SUNDAY at 7 PM, Royce Hall, UCLA. We especially enjoy LACO's pre concert lectures which begin at 6 PM. Come early to meet, greet and sip a glass of bubbly.

HERE'S the schedule for the Sunday Special: MAKING GREAT MUSIC PERSONAL

5:00 pm Subscriber Appreciation Party -- come festive, joyful, and ready for the historic debut of music director Jaime Martin.
6:00 pm Pre-concert talk with music director Jaime Martin and creative advisor Ellen Reid.
7:00 pm Welcome Jaime! Concert
Welcome Jaime! Martin Concert
The Program features 
A world premiere from composer Andrew Norman (about 12 minutes)
Hector Berlioz, Les nuits d'ete (about 30 minutes)
Ludwig von Beethoven, Symphony 7 (about 36 minutes)

We will also hear Anne Sofie von Otter 

In his first season as Music Director, Jaime Martin will be in attendance on September 29th. In the 2019-2020 music season, Maestro Martin will conduct 7 orchestral programs as well as other ambitious performances.
Maestro Jaime Martin, a newly appointed Music Director of the
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Maestro Jaime Martin, LACO's Music Director speaks with Ellen Reid and
Andrew Norman, Artist-in-residence
Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she recently became the first composer to have works premiered by Los Angeles’ four leading musical institutions — the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and others

LACO commissioned an award-winning composer Andrew Norman to
write a piece, Begin, for LACO's concert.

Orchestration: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, percussion, harp, piano, strings. Andrew is innovative composer with interests in architecture, video games, and films.

Jaime Martin with Zorana, chatting during the pre-concert reception party

Please mark your calendars:

October 16th, Wednesday, features WEST COAST JAZZ with Joanie Harmon. The event will be held at the 3340 Reading Room, Moore Hall at UCLA at 12:30 PM. This event is our regular Music Section meeting. Bring your favorite snack.
Lari Pittman's WHAT is a part of the artist's retrospective at HAMMER MUSEUM
WHAT: West Coast Jazz with Joanie Harmon, GSE&IS at UCLA

Moore Hall, UCLA, the home of GSE&IS
Joanie will be presenting our first Music Section
talk at the 3340 Reading Room, Moore Hall, 12:30 PM.
Moore Hall 3340 Reading Room

Joanie Harmon and Zorana Ercegovac at Moore Hall Reading Room, UCLA
Photo credit: Simone King

From left: Simone King, Zorana Ercegovac
(Chair, Music Section), Shirley Ho, and
Helen Nefkens (seated)
Photo credit: Joanie Harmon

Joanie Harmon, Music Section member, was invited
by Zorana Ercegovac, Chair, to give a talk on one of
Joanie's favorite topics: WEST COAST JAZZ.

We heard about its beginnings, main actors, places,
heard several clips from various albums, discussed differences between the West Coast Jazz and Chicago
or New Orleans Jazz, and enjoyed great Music in America.

We were also delighted to have Mireya Lund with us, who
always asks great questions. Native from Chile, Mireya
brings experiences from the Latin Jazz, and more.
Another member was Tara Brown who joined us as well.

More photographs will be added as they become available for sharing.

Listened to Barbara Morrison, Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Start -- Jazz Rolls Roys, others.

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in the 21st century
An impressive chronology since 1946
November 17th will feature Stravinsky's Pulcinella & Prokofiev's Symphony no. 1, also known as "classical", Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin, and Missy Mazzoli's West Coast premiere of Dark with Excessive Bright for double bass and strings.
Where: Royce Hall.
This is a part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO).
Tickets are required.

Summer 2019 at the Powell Rotunda:

The Henry J. BRUMAN SUMMER Chamber Music Festival is in its 31st season (1913-2005).

Festival is dedicated to the memory of Bernice M. Wenzel, professor emerita in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Department of Physiology.

The July 31st program (see below) featured APERTURE DUO with Adrianne Pope, violin, and
Linnea Powell, viola.

The DUO explores the music by contemporary composers, new sounds, voices, and techniques.

Their interpretation is precise and innovative.

They commissioned diverse new works, and work closely
with composers.

The Festival is supported by the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and UCLA's Powell Library.

Powell Library Rotunda has continued to offer its beautiful venue for the Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Its Rotunda is a premier stage, acoustically, architecturally, and as place to relax, ponder, read, and meet with colleagues.

Linnea Powell, viola with Adrianne Pope, violin

                                         Our MUSIC SECTION gathered for a few photos.

Kyesun Lee, Joanie Harmon, Jaime and June Bulkacz
Photo credits: Zorana Ercegovac (Chair, Music Section)

Sunday, January 13, 2019



On May 22nd 2019, we had the opportunity to welcome our "Artist in Residence" Victor Shlyakhtenko.

So, it was a triple significant soiree for all of us who were able to attend the gathering:

-- closing of our UCLA's FWC Centennial Anniversary, and starting a new century
-- celebrating five seasons of our Music Section, 2014-2019, and
-- welcoming Victor who delighted us all with a selection of pieces by Clara Schumann, Frederick Chopin, and Franz Liszt.

As a pianist, composer, and a rising conductor, Victor is an articulate analyst of the pieces he had carefully selected for us, and presented in the historical context. It was really an enjoyable experience!

Victor at piano, performing excerpts by Clara Schumann's Concerto in A minor. Other excerpts:
    Felix Mendelssohn, Concerto in G minor.         Frederick Chopin, Concerto in E minor
             Franz Liszt, Concerto in E flat major.       Franz Liszt, Ballade in B minor

Subset of our audience at the May 22, 2019 MUSIC SECTION Program

Victor Shlyakhtenko with Olga Merkurjev,
who introduced us to the young pianist and talented
young artist.

It was an unexpectedly stormy afternoon in
Santa Monica, with the thunder and the huge
lightning through the afternoon.

However, we had a full house, and everyone
enjoyed the gathering with our regular MUSIC
SECTION members and invited guests.

Thanks go to all attendees who arrived in time,
contributed to the successful program and event,
and brought delicious refreshments.

Victor Shlyakhtenko and Zorana Ercegovac,
founder and Chair of the MUSIC SECTION.

We had an exceptionally rich season, thanks
to all members who offered venues, refreshments,
ideas for programs, and support.

It was a team effort, and for that I am grateful.

As we move into the next century, we look
forward to have more participation, fresh ideas,
and more diverse programs. I have suggested several themes:

~  W O M E N   C O M P O S E R S

~  M I N D F U L   M U S I C   M O M E N T S

Victor Shlyakhtenko with Maestro FRANK FETTA,
Conductor and Music Director of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra

Our special thanks go to Arlene and Francois Vaillancourt who offered their home
for our early soiree gathering.

We will keep exploring and visiting numerous local excellent musical venues, including:
The Culver City SYMPHONY (Maestro Frank-Fetta conductor and music director)

iPalpiti Festival 2019 July 5-20 -- 22nd Annual Musical Celebration

CLARK LIBRARY Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies

The Broad Stage in Santa Monica

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Los Angeles Philharmonic which also has great programs in the Hollywood Bowl

UCLA School of Music has several venues with series for classical music, jazz, regional

Also known as Clark Library, it is one of several UCLA libraries, having the most comprehensive collection of rare books (110,000) and more than 2000 rare manuscripts. The focus is in English literature and history (1641-1800), Oscar Wilde, and fine printing. The library is located about 10 miles from UCLA, in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. The address is 2520 Cimarron St.,

Welcome to the continuation of the FWC Centennial Year!

The Faculty Women's Club MUSIC SECTION will feature several special programs to celebrate our One Hundred Years.

The first program in 2019 will feature Janice Foy, who will perform music from around the world which you can enjoy without leaving your comfortable chair! Janice is both a cellist and pianist
More details to come this Wednesday after the live performance.

Janice Foy to perform January 16th 2019

Janice Foy earned her BA and MA
in Music from California State University, Northridge, and in 1990, she received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA.

Janice Foy pre-concert social -- we have to have you again, Janice, BRAVO
From left: Mary Ann, Amelita, June, Glorya, Maria, Shirley, Marina (invited guest), Helen,
Jarka (hostess), Janice (performer, cello), Debby, Zorana (Music Section Chair), Joy

The stories Janice told us about her cello, tours, and music pieces were as interesting as her performance.

Wonderful afternoon in the intimate setting in Brentwood, Los Angeles.


A special tribute was given to two dear friends:

Anne Bodenheimer (1914-2017)

Dorothea Frederking (1929-2018)

Our Music Section continues to explore different ensembles and venues. Tesserae is now one the must list of early music chamber ensembles specializing in the 16th through 18th century music.

January 20th program included pieces by Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Heinrich Schutz, Giovanni Gabrieli, and other 16th to 17th century composers.

We heard Tresler (tenor), Joel Nesvadba (bass-baritone), McIntosh (baroque violine), Zeller-Townson (dulcian), sackbut (by three performers), and Alex Opsahl on cornet and recorder.

Alex Opsahl is showing us the cornet, an early wind instrument that was especially popular in the repertoire of Renaissance and Baroque composers. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and at the Scholastic's Cantorum Basiliensis.

We will be again listening to Concerti Ecclesiastici on April 6th and June 1st.

They perform at the All Saint's Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills.

Our next Music Section meeting is February 20th at 12:30 featuring WOMAN COMPOSERS. Zorana Ercegovac is presenter. We will gather at Jarka and Tom's home.
Barbara Strozzi, one among the composers, was born in Venice, an illegitimate and unwanted child. She attracted a prominent Venetian intellectual and artist Giulio Strozzi, who adopted her.

His palace was a gathering place for "humanists" such as philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, musicians, and writers.

Women were not encouraged to participate in "non-feminine" academic studies. However, Barbara Strozzi became actively involved in these meetings and discussions. She wrote books of arias, cantatas, madrigals, and duets. We will learn about her will hear her compositions!

April 17th 2019 is our next music section gathering. We will have the opportunity to hear other women composers, including Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Wieck Schumann. Joy Frank will be focusing on Felix Mendelssohn's young sister.

Zorana will be selecting representative works composed by Clara Wieck Schumann. She will perform R. Schumann's several short pieces.
We may also have another surprise guest, TBA.

On March 9th, we will be at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. We will be treated to The ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS which celebrates the 60th anniversary of one of the world's greatest chamber orchestras.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Their home venue is at the Trafalgar Square in London. The cathedral's stained glass windows, facing the audience, project opaque light, just right for the music performed daily in this beautiful venue. They post their daily music programs on the steps just outside the Church. 

The concerts are free and fill fast.

The ensemble in Santa Monica on March 9th will be joined by pianist Jeremy Denk. for the Mozart's piano concerto and Britten's piece.


Tomaso ALBINONI (1671-1751): Concert a Cinque No. 5 in A minor, op. 5
Carl P E BACH (1714-1788): Symphony in E-flat major, H 654
Wolgang A MOZART (1756-1791): Piano concerto No. 12 in A major, K 414
Benjamin BRITTEN (1913-1976): Young Apollo, op. 16
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809): Symphony No. 44 in E minor

BROAD STAGE, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

SAINT CECILIA,  Roman saint, martyr, and patroness of musicians. 

It is written that as the musicians played at her wedding she "sang in her heart to the Lord." 

Died Jan 1, 176, Sicily

Each Music Section gathering starts off with a social and some refreshments brought by the attendees of the Music Section.

Our Music Section group enjoyed the outstanding performance and we gathered before the concert as well as during  the intermission.

Here are Rochelle and Joy in the lively discussion. Ross, Gerry, Milos, Debby, June, Jaime, and Zorana were all there.
Rochelle Caballero with Joy Frank at the Broad Stage 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome to the FWC Centennial Celebration -- The MUSIC SECTION

Section Chairs Meeting: October 3rd 2018 at the UCLA's Faculty Center

Zorana Ercegovac, FWC Vice President for Sections, held the kickoff 2018-2019 meeting welcoming old and new sections chairs. The photo below shows those of us in attendance.

Shirley Ho (President Elect), Elisabeth Furster, Zorana Ercegovac (FWC VP Sections)
Sandy Spolsky, Marjorie Friedlander, Dorothea Frederking, Diane Childs, Phyllis Amboss
Dianne Homsher, Simone King, Marianne Tereszcuk, Helene desRuisseaux, Marianne Afifi

Summer and Fall 2018 MUSIC SECTION_BUZZ

We continue with unique events and programs for this FWC Centennial Year.
"Evolution of the Argentine tango music," presented by Jaime Bulkacz started off the 2018-2019 Season (October 17, 2018).
Zorana Ercegovac, Chair of the Music Section
with our presenter Jaime Bulkacz

The topic attracted many of our Section members as well as other listeners; the event was hosted again by Jarka and Tom Wilcox.

As we move forward into the HOLIDAYS 2018, we look forward to celebrate our Centennial year together with FWC diverse members from several sections (e.g., Music home section, book section, the executive board) along with husbands and partners. As in earlier years, we will gather on December 19th at Jarka and Tom's home for the HOLIDAY SING ALONG POTLUCK PARTY. Be festive, merry, bring regional delicacies to sample, and be ready to sing holiday carols from your own country. Zorana will be at piano and a photographer on site.

Our dear Music Section member Roma King (see a photo of her below), has made an amazing personal and professional achievement, and we wish to share this with all of you.

I invited Roma  invited Roma for an afternoon coffee in her neighborhood coffee place in Santa Monica and chatted about her forthcoming event: the book is now available on the screen, and she will be traveling to Poland for the premiere of her film: "Footsteps in the Snow."
Roma King with a copy of her book:
 "Footsteps in the Snow: A true story of one family's journey out of Siberia"
Photo credits: Zorana Ercegovac
August 30th 2018
The premiere was held at the DWOR WILKOWICE, about 70 km away from Warsaw, where she will show her documentary 60 minute film to a group of guests (September 8th) followed by an official premiere at a large theater in Warsaw (September 18th).
Roma shared the invitation to her film premiere, and I wish to share the copy with you.
Many of us were fortunate to view Roma's story on the big screen on October 21st at 3 pm and at 5 pm (The Laemmle's Film Center in Santa Monica, 1332 2nd street).
It tells the story of the Michniewicz family and childhood memories, but most of all it is the story of the family's escape from Siberia during WWII.

Roma, who earned her master's in education, has been our FWC member since 1981 with varied interests in sections on music, cooking, bridge, writing, and theater. She joined the FWC as a UCLA faculty wife. Now that she is retired, she is as busy as she was prior to her retirement. What an achievement! Congratulations!

Besides our own programs, we seek local music events and programs performed in concert halls, libraries, museums, private residences, churches, historical sites, and street corners. Here's one led by Ivan and Tzvetanka Varimezov with their students of the Balkan Ensemble (UCLA Ethnomusicology).

Our next meeting is "Leonard Bernstein at 100": November 17, Schoenberg Hall at 8 PM
See you all at our HOLIDAY SING ALONG: December 19, at 12:00 noon.

We post numerous performances held at the following local venues, including:
>The Broad Stage in Santa Monica
>The Da Camera Society (at historic sites including The Doheny Mansion, Greystone Mansion, The Bradbury Building, etc.
>The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts (Beverly Hills)
>UCLA's Royce Hall, Schoenberg Hall, The Hammer Museum, and other theaters.

The UCLA Faculty Women's Club Centennial Celebration started off earlier, in December of 2017. However, I want to share with you another celebratory Music Section event and program that was held yesterday, February 21, 2018. Varied and rich program and the inclusive makeup of our attendees celebrated the 2018 Lunar New Year at the home of Shirley Ho.
Below is the photo of the FWC members who participated in the event and this unique and festive, interdisciplinary program.

From left: Rochelle, Marianne, Debby, Joy, June, Olga, Zorana, Roma, Shirley
Helen, Maria, Mary Ann, Dorothea, Bette, Jarka (Jo attended, not in the photo)
Photo credit: Kelli Yang
Shirley, our hostess and vocalist, introduced us in the meanings of the Lunar New Year with various symbolic representations for longevity, prosperity, and healthy foods. Notice the posters each of us holds as well as the fortune cookies beautifully wrapped below.

The program included a live performance by Ceri Hui on the Chinese instrument ERHU.

Ceri Hui explaining the instrument and performing:
Full of Joy, and Fengyang Flower Drum

The attendees enjoyed selected readings of poems by Robert Frost, A Prayer in Spring, read by Zorana, Shakespeare's Sonnet 98, read by Mary Ann, Dorothea recited a poem in English and German, and Debby read verses in Italian.

Joy brought a CD for us to listen to La Primavera concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8 by Antonio Vivaldi (in three movements: Allegro, Largo, Allegro). Earlier in the year, Debby Kennel, our Music Section productive member, presented the entire session on Vivaldi.
Scroll down this blog to see that session.

As the program shows, Shirley, our hostess and vocalist, treated us with a delicious and healthy luncheon.

Shirley Ho about to perform Chinese folk songs:
I Love You
the Snow That Comes from Beyond the Great Wall
Sing Jiang Folk Song
At the Ho's residence, on May 9th 2018, the Birthday Section celebrated a double birthday of Joyce Glantz and of Mary Lou Ward (neither of whom was in attendance). However, Zorana Ercegovac, VP Sections, stopped by to capture special moments, below:
B-day Section members: (from left standing)
Simone, June, Mireya, Shirley (the hostess), Elisabeth, Maria, Dagmar, Sandy
Helen and Patti are sitting
A closer look at that beautifully decorated cake was recorded, and here is the frosting with the inscribed names of Joyce and Mary Lou. We missed you, hope you feel better soon !!

The BIRTHDAY Cake for Joyce and Mary Lou

We attend excellent concerts like the one honoring Hindustani (North Indian) music tradition:
Students performing sitar and tabla in the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens

We are starting off with our traditional Sing-Along holiday potluck music program. This year we invited, besides all music section members, the "bookies," play-readers, FWC board members, as well as husbands and/or partners.

Our vocalists accompanied by Zorana at the piano (home of Jarka and Tom Wilcox)

Shirley Ho introduced the "Sing-Along" program with two traditional Christmas songs

Shirley Ho, FWC Music Section vocalist-in-residence

Joy and Gerry Frank, this time we invited the husbands. The event was very successful!

A subset of the Music Section membership
From left: Glorya, Mireya, Helen, Simone, Rochelle, Joy, Zorana (Chair),
Jarka (hostess), Jo (guest), Olga, Debby (presenter: Purcell), June (newest member)

Tomorrow (March 21st 2018) is our special treat at Jaka's home with her own presentation of a Czech composer Bedrich Smetana (1828-1884). Will hear his great music pieces from the well known symphonic cycle Ma Vlast (My Homeland), and selections from his equally well know opera The Bartered Bride.

For those of you who would like to read about
Smetana's biographical details and hear his music, visit our many local and UCLA libraries.

See you all tomorrow.

For those of you who would like to be ahead of our next program, titled "Chopin -- Master Pianists, Pride of Poland (1810-1849)," visit numerous sources to listen and learn.

There are numerous good sources to get you started. Start with
music, mostly for the piano (some of the works you might like:
ballads, etudes, impromptus, mazurkas, nocturnes, polonaises,
preludes, scherzos, sonatas, waltzes), as well as concertos, songs,
and more. The son of a Polish mother and a French father, Chopin was brought up in Warsaw, graduated from the Warsaw
Conservatory, and 21, he arrived in Paris. There, he met writers such as Victor Hugo, Balzac, and Heine, became close friends with Delacroix, Liszt, and Berlioz.

He divided his time between performing, composing, and
a teaching.

Listen to many of the great CDs, DVDs, youtube, and above, live performances.

Looking forward to our January 17th Music Section gathering at Joy's house. The presenters are Joy and Rochelle.