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United Presbyterian Home News

Nov 17, 2017

United Presbyterian Home residents and staff held a Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 10. Dave Stoufer paid tribute to all veterans with his remarks of gratitude and Dale Torpey read the list of honored veterans who are current residents of the United Presbyterian Home as well as those who passed away this year. A special tribute went out to UPH centurions Harvey Holden and George Masson for their service and sacrifices for our nation. Gene Carpenter offered a prayer and Rachel Nichola provided piano music for the program. The service was well-attended by residents and veterans from the community to honor, remember and most importantly to say thank you to those men and women who sacrificed for the sake of our freedom. The program concluded with Mike Orris playing taps on his trumpet in somber remembrance. Jody Tanner treated everyone to a beautifully decorated and delicious cake following the ceremony.

The musical group known as Joyful Noise presented a concert entitled The Name Game at the Washington Performing Arts Center Tuesday evening. Each song contained a proper name with selections such as My Darling Clementine, Elvira, John Jacob Jinglemeimer Schmidt, and Jesus Loves Me. The 37 member choir includes UPH staff members Donald Bricker, Austin Donkersloot, Amanda Gadbaw, Bev Holmes, Christopher Marner, Floyd Miller and Jeff Sanders. Concert attendees report that Joyful Noise lives up to its name.

Classics Et Cetera for Nov. 16, included the overture to “Tolomeo” by George Frideric Handel; Nos. 1 & 2 from “Le Tombeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel; “Marche de Nuit” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; “Twinkling Stars Are Laughing, Love” performed by the 1st Brigade Band; 2nd and 3rd Movements of Horn Concerto No. 3 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Vocalise” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; “Über Berg, öber Tal,” march by Franz von Suppé

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was a 6 foot 6 inch tall Russian pianist, composer and conductor. After the failure of his Symphony No. 1 he suffered a four-year depression and composed little until successful therapy allowed him to complete his acclaimed Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1901. He immigrated to the United States after the Russian Revolution. His “Vocalise,” written in 1915, has no words, but is sung as a vocal exercise using one vowel of the singer’s choosing. The popular number has been transcribed for almost every conceivable vocal and instrumental combination.


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