2008-09-18 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

The Musica Dolce Chamber Orchestra is coming back to town. The Jamestown Community Piano Association is sponsoring the orchestra's concert at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Sunday at 4 p.m.

This year the group will play the piano quintet in A major by Antonin Dvorak, with Paul Rosenbloom at the community piano. Paul is the principal pianist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and often plays with the Musica Dolce group.

Ann Zartler, a member of the association that arranges the concerts and manages the piano, said that the first piece will be the Lexione 2 for harp and viola d'amore by Attilio Ariosti.

The viola d'amour is a 17th and 18th century stringed instrument about the same size as a viola. It has seven strings that are bowed with the same number of "sympathetic" strings, producing an "other-worldly sound."

Dr. Joseph Ceo, the founder of Musica Dolce and professor emeritus in music at URI, is one of the few viola d'amour players in the country.

Musica Dolce is a group of Rhode Island and Connecticut musicians organized in 1992 by Dr. Ceo. He will join Joan Harrison Ceo on the harp for the Lexione 2. Other Musica Dolce musicians playing are Melody Albanese, Paulinka de Rochement, Diane Guillemette, John Kelly, Meghan O'Conner and Barbara Zdravesky. The G string quintet by Wolfgang Amadeus completes the program.

Ann said that this is the first of four concerts of the 2008-2009 season. The next one is Nov. 2 and will offer piano performances by accomplished student pianists. "We also offer the piano to individual students who want to give open recitals," Ann explained. "Linda Pezzullo, a master's student at URI, previewed her graduate recital earlier this month."

In addition to Ann, other caretakers of the beautiful 7-foot Schimmel are Nancy Bennett, John Biddle, Rosemary Enright, Janet Grant, and Bill Knapp.

*** Speaking of whom, kudos to John Biddle who will be inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame on Oct. 23 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. John is being honored as "one of the very best at filming and making highly popular presentations during the 30- year 12-Meter era." Tickets for the black-tie induction dinner can be obtained from the America's Cup Hall of Fame in Bristol, 253-5000, or by e-mail at t.souto@herreshoff.org.

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Well, there's no doubt about it. Asta was the name of Nick and Nora's dog. The answer came from Ruth Newman, Bob Fleming, Shani Kitchin, Debra Vierra Murphy, Lenore MacLeish of Philadelphia, and Glenn Floyd, a recent 2-week tenant in Myra, one of the Three Sisters. Glenn added that Asta's name when off duty was Skippy.

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As for the poser, Barbara-Ann Mac Intosh identified the lyric as coming from "You Always Hurt the One You Love" and added it was Mills Brothers hit. Mary Wright was in with the correct name as was Bob and Betty Kinder with some lyrics:

You always hurt the one you love.The one you shouldn't hurt at all.You always take the sweetest rose and crush it till the petals fall. You always break the kindest heart with a hasty word you can't recall. So if I broke your heart last night, it's because I love you most of all.

The Kinders added, "We instantly started singing this song and serenaded our housekeeper. She threatened to quit!"

Obviously not a romantic. We liked the Spike Jones arrangement best.

Thanks, guys!

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Looks as if our snow birds from the creek have gone to warmer climes.

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It must have been raining in Newport that morning because my mother made me wear my yellow raincoat and southeaster type hat that was fashionable in those days and my boots, the kind with the buckles on them. She watched through the upstairs window as I crossed Thames Street and made my way to Carey Street where I trekked up the hill to my first-grade class at Carey School. It was windy, similar to other mornings when northeasters would sweep across the city. As the morning went on the wind increased and the rain was noisily driven into the school windows.

At about noon, they told us to go home, releasing the school's population to walk into the fury of the Great Hurricane of 1938.

My return trip down Carey Street was a series of wet knockdowns from the fierce wind and rain resulting in tears of fright and frustration. I finally made it to my grandfather's warm and dry home. Later in the day when things calmed a bit he took me to the corner of Thames Street and West Narragansett Avenue to see the tidal water and watch rescuers in row boats taking people away from their flooded homes. Other than a skylight cover on the roof being blown away and some branches down in the backyard, my grandfather's house escaped serious damage. Thousands of others were not as lucky.

That day was 70 years ago this coming Sunday. I remember it as if it were yesterday.

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A Snapple cap moment - The only bird that can swim, but not fly, is the penquin.

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The dramatic and significant transformation taking place in India will be the topic of a Friends of the Jamestown Library presentation next Thursday evening, Sept. 25, at 7. "Tigers, Elephants, and Cell Phones: India in the Era of Globalization" is a free talk with photographs by Tom Lamont. Tom and his family spend summers in their home on the island.

*** Be true!

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