Damrosch Music Club studies Gershwin brothers

The Damrosch Music Club, member of NFMC, met Jan. 23 in the home of Norma Ridout with 19 members, four friends and one guest present. President Fay Lawler stated that we would begin the approved study of Gershwin. Mildred Breckenridge led “All People That On Earth Do Dwell,” hymn of the month as Mindy Gober accompanied. Ray Bever gave a brief history of the federation and of Damrosch Music Club. She also recognized living past presidents who are Mms. Sheridan Newman, James Walton, B.L. Miller, M. G. Breckenridge, Carl Schoenewolf, Bob Carmichael and James Ridout. Beverly Striegler introduced the program by giving a brief bio of the Gershwin brothers, George and Ira. Norma Ridout played “I Got Rhythm” before the group joined in singing. It was written in 1930 and appeared in “Girl Crazy.” George Gershwin wrote the music and Ira Gershwin, who had a left hand touch in all his works, wrote the words. Norma also played “Fascinating Rhythm” for the group to sing. It came from “Lady Be Good.” Janna McBee, a local talented vocalist, sang “Somebody Loves Me” and “Embraceable You” and was accompanied on the piano and keyboard by Norma. The first was written in 1919 and the second one was from “Girl Crazy” written in 1928. The hostesses, Connie Nix, Ray Bever and Nancy Dumas, served refreshments to guest, Janet Avey; to Friends of Music, Jo Dietrich, Pat Sellers, Ethelyne Vinson, and Virginia Gray; to members; Marjorie Barnhill, Mary Bates, Mildred Breckenridge, Cotton Carmichael, Joann Dalgard, Verona Garner, Mindy Gober, Janett Harlow, Fay Lawler, Amy Lott, Mae McWilliams, Drusilla Miller, Ouita Moseley, Norma Ridout, Beverly Striegler and Betty Walton.

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