(Visit the news archive for past announcements)

(To post a news item,
e-mail mcherkasky@verizon.net)


November 3, 2012


Meeting Notes

This year’s Oktoberfest, on October 21, had it all (almost): accordionists playing solo and en masse, polkas and waltzes, dancers in lederhosen and dirndls, door prizes, bratwurst and sauerkraut, and … near beer. About 75 people turned out to sing, dance, eat, and play, and everyone seemed to go home happy.

Special thanks go to Paul Aebersold for being our Oktoberfest “greeter,” playing German and Austrian folk music at the opening of the meeting, and to Herb Fredrickson and his Bayrisch and Steirisch dance group for the dance presentation and lessons.

As always, we are grateful to our members who routinely take on extra duties. Ken Kunec was an entertaining emcee, Lee and Ron Paulson made the room look beautiful, JoAnn and John Pankow and their kitchen crew did a superb job with the food, Joan Grauman provided sheet music and conducted the Oktoberfest orchestra.

Last but not least, thanks to everyone who played, sang, danced, and ate, and otherwise helped make the day a success!


COMING UP – November meeting, Annual Holiday Concert, Rehearsals

Our next meeting is only about a week away: Sunday, November 11, at 4 pm. Don’t miss it: a concert by Jim Vandelly on bayan and accordion, followed by a rehearsal of the holiday concert orchestra. The concert and rehearsal have become traditions for November, and we always look forward to them because they signal the start of the holiday season.

At the October meeting Joan Grauman distributed sheet music for the holiday concert. Please practice this for the first rehearsal, at the November 11 meeting. We won’t rehearse again as a group until Sunday, December 9, and then we will have just one more: at 2 pm on Sunday, December 16, just before the 4 pm concert.

No one has signed up yet as a “greeter,” for the November 11 meeting. This entails playing from 3:45 until a little after 4 pm when the meeting starts. If you would like to volunteer to play, please reply to this email.

*It’s not too late to sign up for the holiday orchestra. Please contact Joan at joangrauman@verizon.net for PDFs of the sheet music.



November 11, 4 pm: Jim Vandelly concert and rehearsal for the holiday concert

Sunday, December 9, 4 pm – rehearsal for the holiday concert

Sunday, December 16, 2 pm – dress rehearsal for the holiday concert

Sunday, December 16, 4 pm – Annual Holiday Concert and Potluck

Please plan to attend all of the rehearsals if you are playing in the concert. All events take place at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, Virginia.



In asking around about how WMAS members had made it through the storm, we learned that a huge tree fell on Lou and Sigrid Silvia’s roof and did massive damage. During the derecho in June a tree fell and crushed both of their cars. In between Sigrid was struck by a car and spent months recuperating. If you want to send them a note, please reply to this email, and your message will be forwarded to them.



Ciné-Concert: Alice Guy Blaché, Transatlantic Sites of Cinéma Nouveau

November 10 at 2 pm
National Gallery of Art, East Wing Concourse, Auditorium

Musical accompaniment by Kim and Kathryn Kluge, featuring Joan Grauman on accordion

Alice Guy Blaché (1873–1968) is a unique figure in the history of cinema—a woman positioned squarely at the front lines of international technological change that first distinguished the cinema as a form of mass entertainment. From production and distribution to early sound technology and independent direction, she participated in all aspects of the evolving motion picture business. This program features a selection of early films that Guy made in France for Gaumont, followed by restored single-reel subjects produced by her American company Solax, and finally a reconstruction of one of her three surviving independent features. The original score by composers Kim and Kathryn Kluge creates a conversation between past and present. The program is presented in association with the University of Maryland symposium "Alice Guy Blaché: Transatlantic Sites of Cinéma Nouveau, 1896–1920." With special thanks to Caroline Eades, Elizabeth Papazian, Brian Real, Kim Tomadjoglou, Swedish Film Institute, Embassy of France, and Library of Congress. Films on the program include: Alice Guy tourne une phonoscène (1905), early Gaumont films from the Sieurin Collection (1899–1900), Five O'Clock Tea (1905), Greater Love Hath No Man (1911), Mixed Pets (1911), Falling Leaves (1912), The Ocean Waif (1916), and Parson Sue (1912). (Total running time approximately 100 minutes, followed by discussion)


Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra Concert

The 55-member Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra will be having its Fall Concert on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Kenmore Theater, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA. The theme for this performance is "Russian Favorites." The program was selected based on a survey of the orchestra members who chose their favorite pieces that the orchestra has played over the past 25 years! Soloists include sensational soprano Olga Orlovskaya and balakaika virtuoso Andrei Saveliev. The same performance will be presented in Maryland on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 pm at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD (half mile from Metro). Contact Peter DiGiovanni at 703-919-5701 or peter@musicisforever.com for more information.