Mature Melody Makers

ADA — Mature Melody Makers met Oct. 5 at the First Baptist Church. The meeting was opened by Harold Ware, who gave the opening prayer. After a short business meeting of the Treasurer’s Report by Lois Gilley, the group went by church bus to Baptist Retirement Center to do a program.

The Ladies Ensemble sang “For all My Sin,” “A Wonderful Savior,” “Mansion Over the Hilltop,” and “Unworthy.” Jackie Wells sang “Down From His Glory.” Dr. Don Strafford gave a poem he had written, “The Golden Years.” Mary Sue Roberts entertained with Minnie Pearl Stories. Harold Ware sang “Longing for Jesus.” The choir sang “Where Could I Go,” “The Unclouded Day,” “Soon and Very Soon,” “The Old Time Religion,” “Just a Little Talk with Jesus,” and “Gentle Sheperd.” Ware talked to the residents, inviting them to the Senior Adult Luncheon and program at First Baptist Church on Oct. 19 and thanked the retirement center for having us. James Rosson spoke, thanking the group for coming and giving the closing prayer.

Those attending were Sue Asklund, Jackie Wells, Betty Wynn, Lois and Carl Gilley, Mary Sue Roberts, Doris Brooks, Delores Moore, Harold Ware, Dr. Don Stafford, Tubby and Doug Davis, Kenneth and Vonnye Elkins, Elwood and Nannie Lee Winchester, Mattie Ruth Whitlock, Willie Mae Williams, Christine Folger, Ruby Lee Smith, Nell Goforth and Gladys Schiess.

Wednesday Morning Music Club

ADA — Wednesday Morning Music Club met Oct. 4 at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center. Hostesses for brunch were Diana Wagner, Dorothy Escamilla and Sara McDaniel.

Co-chairperson Jane Johnston introduced composer Victoria Davison and her collaborator on piano and computer technology, Rudy Lupinski. In 1996 Davison wrote her fist anthem, “Those Who Wait Upon the Lord.” Since then, she has composed 19 religious anthems with accompaniment for soloists and choirs, 11 two-part canons, four antiphons, and five prayers and blessing to be sung a cappella.

To introduce the program, soprano Crystal Johnson sang “Ave Maria,” Davison’s musical interpretation of “Magnificat.” Baritone Jason Oss sang “Remember Me,” Davison’s musical interpretation of Luke 23: 41-42. Both vocalists were accompanied at the piano by Lupinski.

Ms. Davison expressed the belief that melodies emerge spontaneously from her heart and mind. She feels they are a gift from God. To capture a melody before it fades away, she keeps a recorder with her at all times. Later, she expands the melody, adds the bass line and adapts scriptures and poetry to fit the musical score. Musicians who have helped her develop and perform her compositions are Bob Parr, Steve Walker, Starla Hibler and Rudy Lupinski.

The remainder of the program consisted of Davison’s recorded selection that had been performed by the East Central Choral in 2005. They included “Alleluia Canon,” “Adoramus Te Jesu Christe Canon,” “A New Command: Love One Another,” “Walk in Love,” “Come Holy Spirit, Come!” and “In the Still of Evening.”

Members and guests who attended the lecture and performance were Diana Wagner, Jane Johnston, Monica Stittworth, Margaret Garber, Charlotte Oxford, Mary Ann Briggs, Melba King, Norma Millsap, Bettye Brown, Sue Asklund, Ann Dicus, Dorothy Barlow, Jane Muntz, Vedo Mayhall, Zenobia Pettett, Carol Toombs, Jean Wyatt, Rudy Lupinski, Crystal Johnson, Tori Davison, Jason W. Oss, Loretta Yin, Dorothy Escamilla, Sara McDaniel, Rebecca Walker, Mary Criswell Coyne, Betty Stout, Adean Mathis, Janet Barnett, Charlotte Herman and Martha Rhynes.

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