After the roll call and reading of the April meeting minutes by Secretary Dortha Townsend, treasurer Terry Barger presented the financial report. Scholarship Committee chairman Pat Meagher announced Jordan Lawson Guyton, a senior at Cleveland High School, had been chosen as this year’s scholarship winner at auditions held on April 15.
Guyton had impressed the judges not only with his saxophone talent, but in also with his tenor solo. He will continue his studies at Lee University.
One of the highlights of the program was the installation of new officers who were elected at the April meeting and will start their two-year term at the beginning of the new club year in September. Keeping with tradition, Helen Louise Stout conducted the installation ceremony in her unique style. She called not only the officers to join her at the piano but also invited members who will chair committees for the next two years. Addressing each of them individually with an explanation of his/her duties and accepting their pledge of willingness to execute the assigned responsibilities, she presented each with a floral arrangement.
Stout closed the ceremony citing words by Edward Everett Hale, who wrote: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
Easter Frady introduced “Blessed Assurance” as hymn of the month. She explained that the words were written by the blind lyricist Fanny Crosby who is considered one of the most prolific hymnists and is credited with more than 8,000 gospel song lyrics. The hymn was published in 1873 with music by Crosby’s friend, Phoebe Knapp. Invited by Frady, Debbie Huebschman read the lyrics of the hymn.
“Let’s Go to the Movies” was the theme of the musical program directed by Meagher, who called it a celebration of musicians and movies paying special tribute to Elmer Bernstein and John Williams for their award-winning movie scores. She also introduced two young guests as performers on the program: Katlyn Waldrop, who is one of Meagher’s voice students, and Hannah Taylor, who studies piano with Nancy Paul.
Before starting with selections by Elmer Bernstein (who is not related to Leonard Bernstein), Meagher explained that Bernstein was an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores. In a career that spanned 50 years, he composed music for hundreds of films and TV productions. His most popular works include the scores to “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Ten Commandments,” “The Great Escape,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Ghostbusters.” His score to “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (1967) won him an Oscar. Other movie scores earned him 14 Oscar nominations and many awards and nominations in the Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and Grammy categories.
Meagher described John Williams as an American composer, conductor and pianist whose career has covered almost six decades. “He has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in the history of motion pictures, including ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘Superman,’ ‘Indiana Jones’ films, ‘E.T,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List,’ three of the ‘Harry Potter’ films and many more,” she explained, adding that his many movie scores won him five Oscars and 14 Oscar nominations not counting the endless list of other recognitions.
Ricky Donegan, trumpet, and Martha Lessig, piano, began the music program with Bernstein’s “Delilah Jones,” from “The Man with the Golden Arm” (1955) and “Walk on the Wild Side,” from the 1962 film with the same title for which he earned a “Best Song” Oscar nomination. Their third selection was “Molly-O,” from “The Man with the Golden Arm.”
Guest vocalist Katlyn Waldrop accompanied by pianist Hannah Taylor presented “If I Loved You” a song from the 1956 movie “Carousel,” by Rodgers & Hammerstein, followed by “Somewhere in My Memory,” by John Williams, from the 1990 movie “Home Alone.”
Accompanied by Margaret Ann Randolph on the piano, Meagher sang “By Love Possessed” a Bernstein song from the 1961 film with the same title and with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. The duo continued with “Can you Read My Mind,” by Williams, from the 1978 film “Superman.”
Pianist Lessig played “To Kill A Mockingbird” from the 1962 movie that won Bernstein an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Score.”
Closing the program, Lessig played a Williams medley from “Out of this Word” challenging the audience to recognize the movies by the tunes that were played. The tunes belonged to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), the first “Star Wars” movie (1977) and “E.T.” (1982).
The Hospitality Committee consisting of Marge Wheeler, chairman, R.G. Wolf and Susan Peay served much-enjoyed refreshments after the meeting.