The French School of Music has been inspiring Plainfield
youngsters to love and pursue music for nearly 90 years.
A concert Saturday at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield (FUSP) will benefit Plainfield's French School of Music.
Now under the direction of Judy Mae Waters, the school has been a Plainfield fixture for almost 90 years, and in the same West 8th Street location since 1937.
A number of professional musicians -- including several who are alumni of the school's founder Yvonne Combe -- will present a program including classical music and jazz as well as show tunes.
Traveling perhaps the farthest to perform are Timothy and Suzanne Waters of California. Timothy was Mme. Combe's last Senior student, and will perform the last pieces she taught him. Suzanne, a session singer employed professionally in Los Angeles and also an alumna, will offer some show tunes.
Other performers include artist-in-residence Carolle-Ann Mochernuk, Plainfield composer Dennis Hyams, and Plainfield Symphony Orchestra members Robert and Wendy Romano, as well as Van Wyck Brooks District musicians Vicky Griswold and Gladys Kitchell.
Eileen Sauer, a composer and alumna who is also an information technology expert, will premier a piano composition. It was Eileen whose inquiry about alumni inspired Judy Waters to continue the school after her husband Stephen's untimely passing.
The concert is at 3:30 PM on Saturday, April 30. FUSP is at 724 Park Avenue and is an accessible building. Suggested donation is $15/adult and $5/children. Parking is available on the street and in the public lot across Park Avenue from the church.
All are invited to an Open House with light refreshments after the concert, at the French School of Music, 210 West 8th Street (directly across from Higgins Home for Funerals). It is a short walk from the church.
-- Dan Damon [follow]