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.

“Oh Little Town of Collington…!”

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

The Collington Singers, pictured below in rehearsal before their final performance, provided two enchanted evenings at Collington this holiday season.

Playing to packed houses both nights,  Marilyn Haskel, the choirmaster, gave the happy audience a delightful mixture of holiday music from different parts of the world, and ranging from serious and spiritual to downright funny.   “Superb,” said one audience member.  And so it was.

There were many stars and soloists.  Among the singers there were Merritt Edner, Eloise Scott (‘Scotti’), Pat Bozeman, and Howard Piggee, whose deep, rich baritone made “Keep Your Lamps” zing with meaning.   Tim Sabin gave an excellent narrative that was illustrated by a range of slides, that included the words of the songs, and illustrations that ranged from sentimentally moving to downright silly,  skillfully administered by Jim Holmes.  Piano music was brilliantly provided by Louise Huddleston (below right), and, towards the end of the program, by our artist in resident, Ria Yang.   A new capella group known to us by Tim as the “Bowie Barbershop Babes”  gave us the  pretty German  “Christmas Tree” carol in English and a moving rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”.

The program started with a small group of sopranos, chanting softly near the entrance, ( below left) quickly setting the Christmas story tone.

Many songs were new to the audience, but many were old favorites, with a new twist.   We had “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Oh Little Town”, and the rousing finale  in which the audience was allowed to participate in with the “Twelve Days of a Re-Gifted Christmas” was turned into a morality story against such practice.

In addition to singing stars, there were two instrument soloists.  In the first performance, Steve Woodbury played violin, and on the second, Don Zelman played clarinet, as shown below right, next to a post-performance picture of Marilyn and Tim, still high after the wonderful evening’s fun.

 

Organ Recital and More

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

One afternoon in the second half of October, the Collington Chapel was extended to include the Game Room, and all the chairs were arranged to focus on the small David Moore organ that had been donated to our community at about the time that the chapel was being completed.   Every chair was filled by residents eager to learn more about the instrument from our resident organist (as well as pianist and choir master, and leader of all things musical), Marilyn Haskel.

Marilyn told us about the organ’s history, workings and capacity.  And she demonstrated its versatility by playing pieces from every century since Handel – giving us marches, voluntaries, jazz, chorale music and hymns, in which the audience joined.    In one piece, a chorale prelude, Marilyn was joined by one of our artists in residence, Melissa Morales, playing clarinet.

It was a spellbinding hour of education and enjoyment, prompting one resident to term it the ‘best concert in his two years of residency’!

The pictures below show Marilyn at the organ and the organ itself with the doors open to show its workings.