The “Love is in the Aria” program was enjoyed by the Carthage Music Club at the Frances Ross Ballroom on the campus of Panola College on February 15. The program was organized and directed by Tori Windham.
Various opera arias were performed by members and guests. An aria is a solo vocal piece, usually found in an opera or oratorio. The Italian word “aria” simply means “air”. Nowhere is love portrayed more dramatically, tragically or melodramatically than in opera. Therefore, February, the month of love, was celebrated with love songs.
Sisters Abbi Kate (Gretel) and Ellie Cawthon (Hansel) performed “Evening Prayer” from Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. Carthage High School student Austin Britt sang “Next, Winter Comes Slowly” from Henry Purcell’s The Faerie Queene based on the longest poem ever written in English. It is known as a “semi” opera because certain words are spoken.
“The Flower Duet”, excerpt from Leo Delibes’ opera Lakme (set in India in 1881), was sung in French by sopranos Claire Windham and Sandra Bauer. Additionally, soprano Marcia McKillop performed “Voi, Che Sapete” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (1781).
Tenor Stephen George lightened the mood with a carefree rendition of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Donna Mobile (Women are capricious)” from Rigoberto. The finale featured mezzo soprano Tori Windham performing a tune she sang as a high school student in Carthage titled “In Mio Bel Foco” by Doppo aunt e tante pene by Francesco Bartolommeo Conti.
The performers’ piano accompanists were Joyce Hughes and Judy Galetar.
Kristy Cawthon led vocals on “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the upbeat tune “Cuddle Up a Little Closer” by OA Hauerback and Karl Hoschna. Becky Gullette accompanied and led the recitation of the Federation Collection. Dr. Carolyn Copeland and Nancy Langford were honored by singing “Happy Birthday to You”.
President Dwain Hubbard chaired the business meeting. Artists’ Committee Chairman Stephen George reviewed plans for the Longview Chamber Singers’ April 7 spring concert. Fundraising efforts will support a scholarship for a music major from Panola College in Panola County. The concert will take place at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. A reception will follow the performance.
The Music Club‘s annual student showcase will be held March 8 at the QM Martin Auditorium on the Panola College campus at 7 p.m. This event will feature young local artists in many areas of music education. The concert is open to anyone who wishes to attend and show their support for young students.
National Music Week will be observed May 1-7 and local events will be coordinated by Dr. Copeland.
Guests at the club meeting included Charles Hughes, Michael, Davy and Drew Cawthon, Cassandra Marcinik, George and Nancy Cockrell and Jennifer Britt.
Members present were Sarah Baker, Bauer, Copeland, Galetar, George, Gullette, Hubbard, Hughes, Langford, McKillop, Elizabeth Morris, Caroline Scott, Claire Windham and Tori Windham.
The Carthage Music Club is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Texas Federation of Music Clubs.