December 16

posted Jan 14, 2015, 11:03 AM by Amherst Club
President Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, welcomed us all and wished all those celebrating the holiday a Happy Hanukkah!

Roger announced that there will be meetings of the Allocations and Planning Committees after lunch today.


Jacquie Price read a witty poem by Terence Winch called “Social Security”.

Raffle:  Barbara Freed won the wine and Joan Hanson the $10.    


Ellen Kosmer announced that thanks to the Amherst Cultural Council she had two complementary tickets available for the Amherst Ballet performance of Cinderella. Murray Schumann accepted the tickets.


As the speaker was about to be introduced, Roger interjected that by a fortuitous coincidence he and Vivienne had met her a couple of weeks ago in Washington DC at the Folger Shakespeare Library where she was appearing in a concert!  Carolyn Holstein then introduced our speaker, Alice Robbins, who teaches at the Five College Early Music Program at Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. She plays the viola da gamba and cello, is a mem­ber of the Oberlin Consort of Viols and plays prin­cipal cello as well as viol with our own Arcadia Players and the Washington Bach Consort. She performs with the Folger Consort, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), Op­era Lafayette, and National Cathedral (Washington, DC). Her fascinating talk and demonstration pointed out the differences between the viola da gamba and cello, and the developments of these and related instruments since about 1500. She also demonstrated the differences in bows, and how they are played. She has record­ed for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, EMI-Reflexe, Gasparo, Smithsonian, Telefunken and Naxos. For dates of her upcoming spring concerts see the Five College and Arcadia Players calendars.

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Linda Honan