Cleveland Music Club ‘Potpourri’ of instrumental music given at November meeting
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The Cleveland Music Club met at the Cleveland Public Library for its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 7.

President Jean Henderson opened the meeting with welcoming remarks to members and attending guests and special thanks to Andy Hunt for hosting the meeting.

Henderson expressed sadness over the untimely loss of Bob Sain who, only a few weeks earlier, had shared with the club memories of his service as Navy petty officer during World War II. She extended condolences to his wife, Jane, and, also to David Goodwill, who lost his father Wayne just days before the meeting.

Roll call and reading of the October meeting minutes were presented by Secretary Dortha Townsend. Treasurer Terry Barger gave his financial report, adding that the club will make a donation to its Music Scholarship Fund in memory of Bob Sain.

Andy Hunt invited members to a “Rare Book Auction” to be held at the library on Nov. 17. It offers books from the 1920s and earlier.

R.G. Wolf announced more details about his operetta, “The Calling,” which he is presenting as a gift to the community and the club in conjunction with the club’s meeting at the First United Methodist Church on Dec. 5.

Wolf is the producer and director of the performance for which he wrote original lyrics to conventional Christmas tunes. Performers in the operetta are not members of the Cleveland Music Club.

Milteen Cartwright had chosen “Rock of Ages” as Hymn of the Month. Talking about the hymn’s origin, she explained that the lyrics came to the Rev. Augustus Montague Toplady when he was caught in a violent storm traveling in a gorge and found shelter in the crevice of a rock. That rock is now marked as the “Rock of Ages” on the rock itself and on maps of Burrington Combe, England.

Program Director George Olin introduced an all-instrumental “Potpourri” of music that started with pianist Margaret Ann Randolph mastering Maurice Ravel’s Third Movement of “Sonatine,” described as “a virtuosic tour de force, full of technical challenges with hands conflicting with each other at great speed.” Notes from the composer’s biography reveal that “Ravel felt unable to play the technical third movement and frequently left it out while playing concerts in America in the late 1920s.

Saxophonist Olin and pianist Martha Lessig followed with a Himie Voxman transcription of Joseph Haydn’s “Sonatina.”

Pianist Nancy Paul added a potpourri of Oldies including “My Happiness,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Near You,” “Someone to Watch Over You,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Yes, Sir” and “Stardust” to the program.

The duo of Olin, clarinet, and April Itson, a frequent guest flutist, played “Duo No. 7” from a Himie Voxman album.

Ricky Donegan chose the cornet for a solo of theme and three variations of “America” by Jean-Baptiste Arban, a French composer and cornetist considered one of the first notable and most influential cornet virtuosos.

Olin, on the clarinet, and Lessig, on the piano, played “Tattletale” by Benny Goodman and Tommy Todd.

The program ended with three variations from “Suite in C” by the 17th century English composer Henry Purcell played by Donegan, trumpet, and Randolph on the piano. A delighted audience thanked program director Olin and his talented group of performers with lasting applause, and Hospitality Committee Chairman Jean Henderson together with Milteen Cartwright served refreshments much appreciated by all.