CORAL GABLES MUSIC CLUB KEYS UP DUALING PIANOS WITH JOLLY RODGERS WORDS


"PLAY & LISTEN" IN CONCERT AT STEINWAY PIANO GALLERY proved entertaining as "the club within the club" who enjoy playing solos,duets and two-piano music and singing, comported themselves so delightfully, sing-alongs sprung from solidarity.

First up with high brow performance were Susan Balfe Johnson and Pat Bohn performing up front to Bach; then short-haired Susan paired with handsome Robert O'Donnell for romance with Rachmaninoff. More longhair music was performed with great flair which proved fascinating beholding poetic hand movements.

Julian Stein took the mike to give enthralling information about Richard Rodgers; how he had 12 hours to compose words for brand new music. His eloquence provided a tasty interlude.

Jay Clarke's lifelong love affair with music shows in the way he caresses the keys. His "Grand Night for Singing" playing drew audience participation for the words were printed in the program.

Pat Clarke, Jay's dynamic wife is president of the Music Club. Jay's mother was one of its four founders in 1939. Claire Frances Whitehurst, another founder still belongs to the club. Pat, with her digital camera, kept clickng the assembled cast of pianists and soloists. She's quite the pro, her proactivity brings forth still more talents.

Tunes by Rodgers and Hart opened the swell-a-bration for Rodgers' 110th anniversary; Carolyn Davenport and Jay Clarke tickled the ivories with "My Funny Valentine" as the start-up to show tunes. Frank Lynn, Coral Gables' most desired party-cipant, had his audience rocking with laughter as he used very mobile expressions to sing "Where Or When" with comical pauses.No wonder he's everyone's favorite extra man.

Sylvia Sheldon, chairman for the morning treat, joined Pat & Dick Bohn, Tim Aman and Graham Miller for "Surrey with The Fringe On Top" to commence their Rodgers & Hammerstein sequence.
Soloist Joanne Meagher was a treat with "I'm in Love With a Wonderful Guy" and "Cockeyed Optimist", the latter with Julian Stein at the piano. And for the finale, "You'll Never Walk Alone" was a pretty nifty rendition with eager breathers lip-synching the words if hoarseness saddled up.

Joyce Thompson and her youngest daughter; Barbara Pawley, Betty Walsh, former Mayor Dorothy Thomson, and Ruthe Howard, were happy applauders. The least I could do is type a glib squib to the stars and the luminaries. Wanna bet they didn't planet that way?