‘Christmas Spirit’ celebrated at Tuesday Musical

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Pictured above are members of Tuesday Musical Club who performed the 2016 Christmas Program call “Christmas Spirit” at its December meeting. From back left to right are: Karen Engesser, Cynthia Augspurger, Christine Norman, Kay Beach. In the front row are: Marilyn Spafford, Valois Brintnall, Marjorie Ehrhardt and Pat Kirner. The ensemble also performed the program for the First Presbyterian Church women and P.E.O. Chapters at the First United Methodist Church.

“Christmas Spirit” was the theme of the Tuesday Musical Club Christmas Program this year chaired by Cynthia Augspurger. Eight members narrated, sang and played instruments at the Dec. 13 meeting of Tuesday Musical Club held at the home of Marsha Bristley. Jenn Pedersen and Jan Randall served on the tea committee.

The instrumental quartet of Christine Norman, violin; Marjorie Ehrhardt, violin; Karen Engesser, clarinet and Augspurger, bassoon opened the program with an arrangement of “Joy To The World” by Handel. This familiar carol celebrated the Christmas Spirit of Joy and Peace.

Pat Kirner narrated “The Legend of the Christmas Rose” by Lizzie Deas, to emphasize the Christmas Spirit of Hope and Love. The quartet played “The Christ-Child is Born” as background music to the story. “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” arranged by Ballou, was performed in three part harmony by the vocal quintet of Kay Beach, Norman, Augspurger, Kirner and Valois Brintnall. Marilyn Spafford accompanied on piano for this group and all soloists.

“Christmas Day in the Morning” was the quartet’s background music to a story by the same name by Pearl S. Buck and narrated by Kirner. The story was a remembrance of the Christmas Spirit of Sacrifice and Giving. Engesser played clarinet solos of “Still, Still, Still” arranged by Boertje, and “Go Tell It On The Mountain” arranged by Tornquist.

A rather unknown story called “Papa Panov’s Special Christmas” translated into English by Leo Tolstoy brought out the Christmas Spirit of Kindness and Generosity. During the narrative the quartet played the carol, “I Wonder As I Wander.” Brintnall added a beautiful vocal solo of “The Christmas Song” by Torme and Wells.

The final story was the well known “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. The quartet performed “O Christmas Tree” while Kirner narrated the story which emphasizes the Christmas Spirit of Unselfish Love and Self-Sacrifice. Norman followed with a violin solo of “There’s a Song in the Air/Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” arranged by Parks and Hogan.

Augspurger played a bassoon solo of a jazzy Latino arrangement of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” which prompted the gathering to feel the Christmas Spirit of Happiness and Friendship. The ensemble added enjoyment of the song with hand percussion instruments emphasizing the upbeat tempo.

At the finale, Kirner invited the audience to sing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” with the ensemble.

As in prior years the Tuesday Musical Club Christmas Program was invited to perform for the First Presbyterian Church Women in their sanctuary. Thanks to Steve Anderson for offering his skill as sound technician. The program was also performed for P.E.O. Chapters at the First United Methodist Church. Thanks to Meredith Miller for his skill at the sound board. Tuesday Musical Club appreciates invitations for additional performances which add donations to the Scholarship Program for area student musicians.