Austin W.I. Musical Meeting
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.