The Music— Pianists Diane Day and Ron Brickman have put together a very attractive program of music performed on two pianos for your summertime listening pleasure.  The program begins with the high-spirited, jazzy Overture to the Sinfonietta of Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin. Three delightful short pieces by French composer Francis Poulenc follow: L’Embarquement pour Cythère, Elégie, and Capriccio. The exotic Armenian Rhapsody of Alexander Arutiunian and Arno Babadjanian is followed by the gorgeous Las Niňas romance of Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino. The first half concludes with the Fuga y Misterio of Astor Piazzolla, an astonishing synthesis of high and low art as the composer combines fugal writing with traditional tango music from the barrios of Buenos Aires. The second half includes four highly effective homages to American popular music by British composer Richard Rodney Bennett: Samba triste, Country blues, Ragtime waltz, and Finale (in “Tempo di Hard Rock”--which says it all). The program concludes with the magnificent Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, as arranged for two pianos by the incomparable Percy Grainger. When one of the greatest arrangers of all time for the piano takes on George Gershwin’s timeless music, the result is a sure-fire masterpiece.

Duo-pianists Diane Day and Ron Brickman have performed frequently together as both piano four-hand and duo-piano artists. Their first concert on two pianos took place at the home of Bruce and Lucille Schonfeld in Pioneer in 2009. Their most recent appearances with the Friends of Music series included performances of the Liebeslieder Waltzes of Brahms with the Sonora Master Chorale and house concerts in Forest Meadows. Ms. Day resides in the Forest Meadows community outside Murphys and performs regularly with choral ensembles in Tuolumne County and as the accompanist to the vocal department of CSU-Stanislaus in Turlock.

This concert was first performed in the home of Chip Lusby in Sutter Creek in June, 2013. A repeat of the performance allows those living in southern Calaveras and Tuolumne counties to enjoy this exceptional musical offering. But those from further afield who may have missed the first performance—or who may wish to hear it again!—are most welcome. All proceeds after expenses will benefit the upcoming season of the Mother Lode Friends of Music.

The Food—MLFM’s favorite caterers. Donna and Jeneca Kretchman, sister and niece of Friends of Music President Ron Brickman, returns for this event. Both singly and together, they have catered many of the Friends of Music’s memorable past events, including the concert at La Querencia outside Murphys in March 2010, the Stoian-Brickman recital at the Papais residence in Forest Meadows in September 2010 and the all-Russian dinner at the Brickman residence in West Point in September 2011. For this occasion, they are preparing a light summer buffet of assorted salads and appetizers with seafood, meat and vegetarian options and desserts featuring seasonal fruits. Assorted wines and wine-based drinks will be served. Iced tea and fruit drinks will also be available.

The Setting—The home of Diane and Tim Day at 762 Sugarbush in Forest Meadows has been the venue of several concerts presented to the Forest Meadows community. The addition of a well-matched Yahama upright piano to Diane’s trademark 6-foot Yamaha grand permits, for the first time, this concert for two pianos. Exact directions will be given to those ordering tickets. A golf-cart shuttle service will be available.  

Price of admission per person: $25

Ticket information: Advance purchase of tickets is required. Seating is limited and reservations requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. You may send in a check made out to MLFM for the number of tickets desired with the form below c/o Judy McCarroll, 989 Sandalwood Drive, Murphys, CA 95247. For more information call Judy at (209) 728-9870 or email mccarroll@prodigy.net.  
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Duo-Pianists Diane Day and Ron Brickman 

                        perform at the Day residence in Forest Meadows,
                                   followed by a catered summer buffet

                          Sunday, September 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m.