Program director Maurine Olin, who had chosen “All in the Family” as the theme for the musical program of the evening, had previously invited club members to share the musical talent flourishing in their families.
President Jean Henderson extended a special welcome to an enthusiastic group of guests who had accepted that invitation.
In the absence of secretary Pat Henley, Marge Wheeler conducted the roll call. Mary Ann Borst read the minutes of the April meeting. Treasurer Terry Barger gave his financial report. He announced that he was ready to distribute tickets for the scholarship fundraiser featuring the Kantorski-Pope Piano Duo in a concert at the Museum Center at Five Points at 7:30 p.m. May 30.
In addition to tickets available from members, tickets will be sold at the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library and at Meagher & Meagher Furniture, at the corner of Inman and Church streets. The ticket price is $10 per person and all tickets have to be purchased in advance to assure seating. For more information, call Pat Meagher at 715-2126.
Meagher distributed posters with details about the concert asking members to place them at businesses, churches and other visible locations. Members were also encouraged to solicit advertising sponsors for the concert program.
Prior to turning the program over to Olin, Henderson asked members to introduce their family members and friends “as close as family” who were ready to perform.
Martha and George Lessig presented their son Brian and their grandson River, who had performed with his grandmother at a previous club meeting. He is a Cleveland High School student. Karen Archer reintroduced her very close friends, the Lantigua family with four talented young siblings: Perla, Ariel, Roger and Nacor. The Lantiguas moved to Cleveland from the Dominican Republic, and the young performers had entertained the music club with their talent at a club meeting last year.
David Goodwill, not able to hide fatherly pride, presented his daughter Laney, a student at Walker Valley High School.
Ricky and Sandy Donegan had brought their son Caleb, back for an encore performance, and George Olin promised a duet with his wife, Maurine.
Guitarist River Lessig and his father Brian, a percussionist, started the program with an arrangement of “Black Bird” followed by pianist Martha Lessig who joined her son to play “Blue Moon.”
The Lantiguas took the stage with the gospel song, “Sweet, Sweet Spirit.” Little Perla’s voice blended well with her brothers — Arie on the clarinet, Roger on the violin and Nacor playing the piano.
Roger Lantigua pleased his audience with a violin solo of “Czárdás,” a challenging concert piece by the Italian composer Vittorio Monti.
Goodwill and Carolyn Lay, introduced by him as his “adopted mother,” sang the Cole Porter tune “True Love.” They were accompanied by Lessig on the piano. Goodwill’s daughter Laney sang “Pennies from Heaven” while playing her own accompaniment on the guitar.
Accompanied on the clarinet by her husband, George, Maurine Olin sang “The Lusty Month of May” from Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot.” Ricky Donegan, trumpet, and his wife, Sandy, oboe, played “Allegro” by the German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann.
Ricky then switched to the flugelhorn. Joined by his son Caleb, who played guitar, they continued with “Remember Clifford,” composed by Benny Golson as a tribute to fellow jazz musician and friend Clifford Brown, who died in a car accident. The duo closed the program with “Four on Six” by Wes Montgomery.
Henderson expressed her appreciation to the museum staff for hosting the club meeting and was joined by Olin in thanking all performers for another entertaining evening. The group gathered around refreshments provided by Hospitality Committee chairman Mary Ann Borst and committee members Marge Wheeler and Margaret Ann Randolph, while the room buzzed with excitement about the upcoming Kantorski-Pope Piano Duo concert.