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United Presbyterian Home News

Oct 13, 2017

Brad Goff celebrated his birthday in the Town Center Friday morning serving cookies to friends and neighbors.

Al Kinzler celebrated a milestone birthday in the Town Center Monday morning. Al shared a pre-birthday present that, as he puts it, a former friend gave him. It is a well-thought-out trophy displaying what looks like a gold-plated baseball player on top of a baseball and an inscription underneath that reads: 4th Place, New York Mets, 2017. Al intends to put it in a place of honor in his home; the bathroom or basement rooms were mentioned. Baseball season is once again at an end as far as Al is concerned.

Gwen Ying reminisced with us this week about the contract she possesses for the first piano her parents purchased in July of 1942 from the Sorden Music Store in Washington, for the price of $250. It was, and still is, a walnut Baldwin piano which her parents, Boyd and Lola White made monthly payments of $20.14 on through September 1943. Gwen and her four sisters each learned from this piano along with countless other students, as Lola taught music lessons. Boyd was the Washington High School choral director and instructed Esther Bordwell, Ted Stewart, Tom Tanner and Carla Carter along with numerous others. The 1942 piano is still making music today in the home of Gwen’s sister. Boyd and Lola White were residents of the United Presbyterian Home from 1989 until their deaths in 1999 and 2004.

With the purchase of the former Washington Public Library, the United Presbyterian Home will be the new polling location for Ward 3 Washington residents in the general, primary and city elections. Voting will be set up in the Campbell Room with the first election to take place Nov. 7. Voters should enter through the Stewart Entrance in front of the building toward the east end.

Classics Et Cetera for Oct. 12, included the overture to “Lady of the Lake” by Gioachino Rossini; “Happy Enough,” “An Important Event” & “Träumerei” from “Scenes from Childhood” by Robert Schumann; Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; 1st Movement of “Archduke Trio” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” sung by Harry Belafonte; 3rd & 4th Movements of the “Classical Symphony” by Sergei Prokofiev; “Circusdom,” a march by Fred Jewell.

The “Archduke Trio” (piano, violin & cello) by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) premiered in Vienna in 1811 with Beethoven himself at the piano. His almost total deafness made the concert hard to enjoy, and after a repeat of the work a few weeks later, Beethoven did not appear again in public as a pianist. The trio, however, was his final piano trio, and many consider it to be among his finest chamber works. It was one of 14 compositions he dedicated to the Archduke Rudolph of Austria, an amateur pianist and one of Beethoven’s most generous patrons.

 

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