Last week on Feb 25 and 27th, I performed in 2 chamber music concerts as a member of “Musica Bella”. This ensemble of flute, violin, cello and keyboard was the inspiration of cellist Diane Coffman. Originally called the Rauschenburg Quartet, we had performed daytime concerts at the Rauschenburg Gallery in Fort Myers. I am so honored to be a part of this group playing violin with these talented musicians: Wendy Willis (flute), Diane Coffman (cello) and Dr. Ron Doiron (keyboard).
Diane arranged for us to play a noon concert at Florida Southwestern State College in their Rush Library. We had such a great turnout of students, many of whom had never heard live music. I know most of them had been strongly encouraged to be there by their professors but their response afterwards was so very rewarding.
For the second performance, we were invited by CAPA, Cultural and Performing Arts Center, to perform a concert as part of their series. This concert was held at the Marco Island Center for the Arts and titled an “ala carte” performance. The concert was scheduled at 6pm.
We repeated the concert we played at the college with a few additions. Wendy and Ron spoke to the crowd about the selections in this intimate atmosphere and everyone appreciated the historical information they provided.
Here was the program:
Quartet in d minor by Handel
Tangos by Wendy Loomis
Paris Quartet in G major by Telemann
Blues by T. Lucas
Salon Quartet No.5 with melodies by Schumann
Extras we played at the CAPA concert. Audience members got to play, “Name That Tune” for prizes. Great fun put together by Wendy!
Habanera by Bizet
Pineapple Rag by Joplin
Drinking Song from La Traviata by Verdi
New performances will be planned for the fall.