Austin W.I. Mu­si­cal Meet­ing

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The Oc­to­ber meet­ing of the Austin W.I. took place on Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015 at the Austin res­i­dence of Claudette Giesinger. At 1:30 p.m.: Co-host Liz Good­win opened the meet­ing in the usual man­ner, thank­ing Claudette for again shar­ing her beau­ti­ful home for the spe­cial pro­gram we were about to en­joy. Roll Call: Some­thing from the past year for which you are thank­ful which was an­swered by 8 Austin W.I. mem­bers & 4 Brome County mem­bers who com­bined their Au­tumn Semi-an­nual meet­ing with the above. At 2:30 the meet­ing was pleas­antly in­ter­rupted by Claudette to an­nounce that this was a spe­cial pro­gram as it was the tenth per­for­mance we had en­joyed by pi­anist “Fanny Le­gault” and her ta­lented group of mu­si­cians. This year Fanny had in­vited her brother Fred­eric to per­form for us as well. They have worked in­de­pen­dently for more than 20 years. Their mu­si­cal reper­toire ex­tends from Clas­si­cal, Baroque, Ro­man­tic to Jazz. Fanny ob­tained a Master’s de­gree in Clas­si­cal Pi­ano in­ter­pre­ta­tion at Laval Univer­sity & now teaches cour­ses in ‘Ad­di­tive De­vel­op­ment’. She also di­rects the re­puted “Bishop’s Univer­sity Singers”. Vi­o­lin­ist Fred­eric Gaudet has been a mem­ber of Sher­brooke’s Sym­phony Orches­tra for 10 years. He is also pos­sesses a Master’s de­gree in ‘Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Chem­istry’and worked in this field for 15 years. He has now moved on to Ac­count­ing while still per­form­ing mu­sic. For over an hour the W.I. & in­vited guest from Montreal, Laval, S. Bolton, Aber­corn, Sher­brooke, Stanstead, Ma­gog & Austin were treated

to a most en­joy­able ren­di­tion of mu­sic as listed: CLER­AM­BAULT: Largo (1676-1749)

BACH: Grave (1685-1750)

KREISLER: Si­cili­enne; Chan­son Ros­marin Schon; Chan­son Louis X111; Parane; Liebeshed.

EL­GAR : Sa­lut d’Amour / MASSENET : Med­i­ta­tion Thais

TRAD. Rus­sian Gypsy Folk: Two Gui­tars / J.WIL­LIAMS: Theme for Schindler’s List R.QUIL­TER: Now sleeps the Crim­son Petal

FI­NALE: Fanny & brother Fred­eric played a col­lec­tion of old favourites re­quested by the au­di­ence.

On be­half of ev­ery­one present & with much ap­plause, Claudette ex­pressed sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to both of th­ese gifted artists & in­vited them to par­take in a de­li­cious tea of dainty sand­wiches & mini squares – along with a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated birth­day cake. They closed by ac­com­pa­ny­ing the singing of “Happy Birth­day” for long time W.I. mem­ber, Win­nie Kirby, to help cel­e­brate her 95th birth­day. The Austin W.I. will meet again on Wed. Nov. 11 2015. Time & place to be de­cided. R.C. to name a friend or rel­a­tive who served in World War 1 and /or 2. Pro­gram: Armistice & Re­mem­brance & Plan De­cem­ber.

Left to right; Fred­eric Le­gault, Claudette Giesinger, who hosted the Austin W.I. meet­ing at her home in Austin and pi­anist Fanny Giesinger.

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