Coral Gables Music Club 2016-2017

“Music – A Renewable Joy of Creation”

Yes, “music is a renewable joy of creation.” The composer creates it, and the artist recreates it, again and again, and so it lives on giving pleasure. The Coral Gables Music Club (CGMC) has been helping with this endeavor for over seventy-seven years. In that time it has given many delightful musical experiences to members and community. And all are welcome to join and participate. Also, there is the advantage that if you are a musician, and you would like to perform, there is an opportunity and fellowship to do so at an annual Play and Listen Musicale. However, the real highlight is providing financial help to young talented students. This year, CGMC is awarding scholarships to twenty students, by direct payment of a financial award to their teachers.

When I look back over the last year, and I see what the Music Club has accomplished with the leadership of Freda Janney, I am amazed and proud. Not only did our members provide nearly $9000.00 in direct awards to scholarship students, but CGMC also sponsored two college vocalists to participate in the Jeanie/Stephen Contest and each won $1000.00. The Coral Gables Music Club also sponsors the Coral Gables Jr. Music Club with a membership of upwards of 100 talented musicians. Their ages are from the very young to seniors in high school. Their development grows with the help of gifted Counselors and Mentors who are dedicated members.

The many musicales which members and community will enjoy from Oct. through May, encompass everything from beautiful vocal songs and duets, wondrous piano duos, a concert cellist and pianist with a touch of ballet, a youthful jazz combo and excellent performances of scholarship recipients. Also, throughout the year, CGMC will pay tribute to the centennial year of the Florida Federation of Music Clubs. A variety of musicales of professionals and extraordinary scholarship students await you.

Luciann Niebler-Spare

Overview of Club Year 2015-2016

The 2015-2016 CORAL GABLES MUSIC CLUB year was filled with a variety of musicales, thus appealing to all our members. Our membership continues to grow and our outreach program has brought members of the community to our musicales. The public’s attendance shows their interest and appreciation of hearing a recognized artist perform. Our musicales are well received and this is in part due to the efforts of Artistic Director Angelica Sganga, Patricia Clarke, and Carolyn Davenport.

Twenty-two very gifted young students were in our Scholarship Program during the 2015-2016 year. All the students audition to enter the Program and the club is kept informed, by their teachers, of the student’s progress. The students give a recital each year giving them opportunities to perform in front of a large audience. Students leave the Program upon graduating from high school. It is always rewarding to follow them as they continue their music studies. Many of the students are now professionals and when possible, return and perform for the club.

The Coral Gables Junior Music Club is amazing. This group of talented young musicians have a full schedule of events. They are enthusiastic and enjoy performing. On October 20, 2015, the Coral Gables Music club started the year with a performance by the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Opera Department. The students chose music of their individual interest. The audience was awed by their professional skills. It was a wonderful morning of great music.

In November,2015 the Parade of American Music Program honored American Musicians and American Composers. The artists performing for this event were a four-part vocal acapella harmony quartet, The Good Blend. Their familiar music and entertaining presentation made for a morning of remembering and enjoying old songs. Their music put a smile on our faces for the rest of the day.

The Junior Music Club presented a Parade of American Music as a fund raiser for the Scholarship Program. The students performed and the audience of parents, teachers, and club members made for a fun filled day with these gifted young musicians.

Our annual December 2015, Scholarship Fund Raiser Luncheon was held at the lovely Riviera Country Club. The day included a basket raffle and silent auction, which was a great success. The room was made beautiful by artist Shirley Anderson’s exquisite table decorations. The high point of the day were the performances by Anthony Coniglio, Pianist and Jiddu Vega, Violinist, both Scholarship Students. Each of the young men are winners of many major competitions and have a wonderful future in the field of music.

In January, 2016, two gifted artists gave an outstanding performance. Debora Sanchez and Marina Berberian were beyond amazing. We were fortunate to hold the event at the Steinway Piano Gallery giving the artists a superior quality pianos for their performance. As always the day was open to the public. The club’s Partnership with Steinway Piano Gallery has made it possible for our guest artists having a lovely room in which to work and the highest quality pianos available for them. We are grateful for this partnership.

Each year the Coral Gables Music Club sponsors two college vocal students who enter the Jeanie/Stephen Competition. This event is co-sponsored by FFMC and the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Florida. Our entrants, Mia Tamburrino and Ian Silverman each placed second, giving an outstanding performance and each won $1000.00.

Our February, 2016 concert, the Zapateado Duo, featuring Marie Elaine Gagnon Cello and Angelica Saganga, Piano was held in the Historic Coral Gables Congregational Church. The setting and the music made the morning indescribable. So beautiful. As always the public was invited to come and enjoy the day.

Also in February, 2016, the Scholarship Student recital was held at the Steinway Piano Gallery. The artistic skills these students possess at such an early age are inspiring. The audience was amazed by their work.

National Music Week was celebrated with a special event. A Musical Tea Party was held at East Ridge retirement community Center. With lovely food for refreshment, and beautiful music, it was a perfect Sunday and a good time was had by all.

Our Play and Listen Musicale in April, 2016 is always a favorite program. Our talented members and guests performed and the pianists invited the audience to join in, sing along and identify the music.

The end of the year musicale was held at the Coral Gables Congregational Church. Refreshments, and a fun raffle and silent auction were held with the proceeds going to the Scholarship Program. Following the auction, we moved to the Sanctuary for the piano concert given by Jorge Emilio Rodriguez. This gifted artist gave a fantastic program, the perfect way to end the year.

The Coral Gables Music Club has maintained the high standard of bringing recognized, gifted artists for our musicales. Being part of the Coral Gables Music Club is a joy for all of our members. We look forward each year to the monthly musicales. We have come to expect outstanding performances and we are never disappointed.

The success of this club is the result of all our Members and Board working together. We all benefit from the beauty of music and the joy we feel sharing it with others. We thank the Artistic Committee for the many hours spent to bring these fine programs to us. To all our members we wish a safe and happy Holiday and we will see each of you in October, 2016, as we meet and Share the Joy of Music.

Freda Janney, President, Coral Gables Music Club,