Peter Basquin – Our New Resident Concert Pianist

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

Peter Basquin, a new Collington resident, recently gave his first in-house recital. His career has included recital and concert appearances in the US, Europe and the Far East.  He has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall.  He and his wife Katie moved to Collington this year, and now he’s playing in our auditorium!

At the end of October, Peter packed the hall with a record capacity, and entertained the rapt audience with a range of pieces ranging from a Scarlatti sonata to a Bolcom rag.  He included an impromptu by Shubert, a piece of fun called Kitten on the Keys, with two lovely longer pieces:  Haydn’s sonata in E-flat Major, and Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ sonata.  Peter introduced his pieces with interesting information about their structure and the lives of their composers.  It was a magical hour.

One member of the audience later wrote: “Watching you play just a few feet away from where I was sitting, I saw your economy of movement and felt the connection from head to heart to hands to keys to the strings . For us, the listeners, you gave a profound sense of involvement with the complexity of the sounds and forms emerging in front of us.  It was just wonderful to be a part , for a short while, of your life’s passion.” 

He concluded by saying, surely on behalf of all who were there, “I hope you would be willing to do repeat performances on a regular, if not frequent basis!”

Music at Collington is going from strength to strength.  We now have the Collington Singers, under the professional supervision of maestro Marilyn Haskel as well as the Kollington Kats, whose players grow in skill and quantity with every performance.   We are in the third year of having two young musicians-in-residence from the University of Maryland playing, along with many of their colleagues, a series of performances throughout the year.  We have frequent and varied exciting weekend concerts arranged by resident Carol Kempske, and music every weekday evening by talented residents in the Ivy Lounge. I doubt a single CCRC our size could even come close!

Drum Circle Returns

Contributed by Nancy Lively

Thanks to a grant from the Collington Foundation, Katy Gaughan returned to the auditorium on October 28 to facilitate a drum circle for all Collington residents. The video show that there was hands on participation!  Three more drum circles will be scheduled over the next year so there will be more opportunities to participate.

Meet Our New Artists in Residence

contributed by Joe Howard
Our new artists in residence from the University of Maryland School of Music are Ieseul Yoen (piano) and Natalie Groom (clarinet). A meet and greet will be held Monday, September 16, at 5 PM in the courtyard.

They have provided the following information about upcoming performances:

Saturday October 19, 11:00 am
Natalie and Ieseul Debut Recital in Collington Auditorium

Monday October 21, 8:00 pm
Natalie DMA Candidacy Recital
Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland School of Music

Tuesday December 10, 2:00 pm
Whistling Hens returns to Collington Auditorium to perform more music by women, including two pieces which were partially funded by the Women’s History Committee!

Choir Party – A raffle with a twist!

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

After the success of the “Love and Passion:  Collington Singers Spring Concert”, there was a delightful post-performance party on May 6.

Choir-master Marilyn Haskel had devised a raffle with a twist.  Every attendee was given two raffle tickets.   Helen Lauck picked the lucky winners, but the prizes were funny and clever wordplay on a fancy certificate rather than tangible things to enjoy.  Here are some of what the winners won:

  • You have been selected to join a private cruise aboard the African Queen through the Florida Everglades! Complimentary leeches.  Remember to pack insect repellent.
  • The holder of this certificate may claim a magnum of Verve Cliquot Champagne at the Ivy Lounge (when Yolanda isn’t looking) next to Collington’s premiere dining venue.
  • ou have just won a Russian Sable Jacket worth $20,000! You may pick up your prize in the Collington first floor OO Shop.
  • An all-expenses-paid two-week trip to the fabulous WEGMAN’S RESORT in Maine anytime between May 15–June 15, 2019 during the classic black fly season. Enjoy!
  • Gift Certificate For the man with time on his hands a Rolex Men’s Diamond Watch. Redeemable from any portable street vendor in New York City.   Tell ‘em Vinnie sent you.
  • You have won matching his-and-hers tattoos. Once in a lifetime prize! You must supply your own ink.

And here are Marilyn, Helen and some of the surprised and delighted winners.

Collington Singers Spring 2019 Concert

Contributed by Julia Freeman

Love and Passion was the theme of the Collington Singers Spring Concert May 3, repeated May 4. The singers were ably led by the Music Director, Marily Haskel. Pat Howard as narrator introduced the songs and gave some background. Songs and lyrics were displayed on a screen in lieu of programs.

 

The program was varied as were the folks singing. One program segment was presented by the Small Group Singers.

Another segment by the Bowie Babes – a Barbershop group.

The program included Steve Woodbury on the violin and Ed Robbins on the guitar.

The final song of the evening had a refrain all related to!

“How do I know my youth is all spent! My get up and go has got up and went. But in spite of it all I’m able to grin, and think of the places my get up has been.”

Thanks to all our residents in the Collington Singers for another delightful program!  Well done.