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.
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
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).
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
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
|B-day Section members: (from left standing)|
Simone, June, Mireya, Shirley (the hostess), Elisabeth, Maria, Dagmar, Sandy
Helen and Patti are sitting
|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|
HOLIDAY SING-ALONG POTLUCK GATHERING -- December 20th 2017
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, 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)
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.
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
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.