Friends and Femmes
Hitting the Right Notes
To culminate the 62nd season of New Orleans Friends of Music, the all-volunteer organization and the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts Montage Series showcased the Harlem Quartet in Roussel Hall. The stupendous program of Mozart, Cuban jazz, Brazilian jazz and Grieg reaped hearty ovations for performers Ilmar Gavilan, violinist; Melissa White, violinist; Jaime Amador, violist; and Felix Umansky, cellist. The quartet “was formed 10 years ago by winners of the Sphinx Competition for musicians of minority ethnicity.”
The six earlier concerts of the 2016-17 season took place in Tulane University’s Dixon Hall.
After the thrilling concert in Roussel Hall, a “meet the Artists” reception took place nearby in the Nunemaker Auditorium lobby, where Loyola’s food service, Sodexo, catered. Guests reached eagerly for crawfish pies, finger sandwiches, veggies with a dip, and assorted sweets.
Within the late-evening party pack were Loyola University College of Music and Fine Arts Dean Kern Maass; Dr. Vicki Vega, associate dean; NOFoM President Jonathan McCall; Vice President Ben Karp; and education Chairwoman Margaret Shields, who organized the quartet’s four-day residency. Also, Dr. Siddharth Bhansali and Gia Rabito, Bart Folse, Jaren Atherholt, Darla Durham, Dr. Guillermo Nanez-Falcon, Jenny Windstrup, Lou and Mary Len Costa, spouses Sun Kim and Ki Lee, Joycelyn Reynolds, Lula Elzy, Teri Wittenburg and Ralph Whalen, Jeff and Barbara Griffin, Harriet Nelson, Elizabeth Gross and Dr. William Horn. A constant comment about the performance was “What a dynamic, exciting and beautiful mix of musical styles.”
A Centennial Salute
“It was a beautiful afternoon for a lovely party,” remarked Arthemise Gros about the Centennial Celebration of the Louisiana Colonials’ Founders Chapter. The event took place at the Bancroft Drive home of Amie Harllee Seba and her husband, Richard. Amie was the hostess, along with her daughter, Heather Harllee. Another role for Amie was that of past president. She was joined by six other past presidents: her sister, Betty Trachtman, as well as Arthemise Gros, Tousa Davis, Kathleen Morgan, Leda Sobon and Bonnie Cook. Accompanying them were Richard Seba, Dr. Louis Trachtman, Don Davis, Dr. Lee Roy Morgan and Leon Perret.
Installed as new officers were Patty Millan, Arthemise Gros, Alice Martin, Adrienne Miester, Judy Ahrens, Ninette Edmiston and Ellyn Meier. Many of the attendees were second and third generations of members. Seen, too, were Kerrin Brennan, Chee Chee O’Connor, Julianne LeBlanc (sister of past President Jeanne Williams, who was in France), Nanette Davis with Bill Lawrence, Sue and Patrick Browne, Shannon Walgamotte, Dr. Luke and Cynthia Glancey, Lori McDaniel, Lynn Skidmore, Bob and Ann Anderson, Tom and Ann Farmer, Jacquelyn Lothschuetz with daughter Leslie, Tom and Betty Davidson, Judy Mills with guests Barbara McManus and Carolyn Dunn, Lynn Cashio, Barbara Bailey, and Dr. David Dugger and Aimee, whose chapter lineage includes aunts Mrs. Edgar Hull and Mallory Hull, and cousin Mrs. Herbert Parker.
Federico’s Family Florist did amazing arrangements, which were complemented by small American and Louisiana flags; Jacques Weaver, of “Heavenly Harp Music,” added a lovely lilt; and Elizabeth Anderson provided delicious fare, including smoked salmon and filet mignon. Of course, there had to be a cake. The exquisite confection from Rouses was white with blue accents, reflective of the organization’s colors. Inscripted was “Congratulations, Louisiana Colonials - 100 years.”
“A warm welcome to all members and guests” was written atop the pretty invitation extended by the Tulane University Women’s Association for its annual Spring Luncheon and General Meeting at the Southern Yacht Club. President Jennifer Clarke opened the program with a welcome and Meredith Feike offered the invocation.
Everyone enjoyed the luncheon menu of salad, a main course choice (the roast chicken was delicious!) and dessert. Background jazz combo music came from pianist Jesse McBride and saxophonist Nick Ferreirae and added a delightful touch. So did the centerpieces of pink and white flowers with greenery in clear round bowls.
Concerning the business of the day, Loretta Clark presented an Honorary Lifetime Membership to in absentia Reda Scher; Tupper Allen and Jennifer Clarke presented, in turn, reports of the treasurer and nominating committee; and Matesa Gago-Luu closed with remarks. Two representatives, Diane Riche and Brianna Reddeman, from Dress for Success, were acknowledged. Always a highlight of the event, the Jane S. Longenecker Award, as presented by Jewelynn Nice, was given to Treasurer Tupper, in recognition of her years of dutiful service and as one “who gives herself humbly and generously” to TUWA. Tupper also holds four degrees from Tulane University, three at the graduate level. She was joined by her husband, Tom, and their daughter, who’s also called by the family name, Tupper.
The 2017-18 proposed slate of officers includes Meredith Feike (incoming president), Tupper Allen, Susan Kelley, and board members, whose names (in addition to most of the above) are Patty Andrews, Doris Baron, Juli Fee, Marie Goodwin, Carole Green, Janice Hughes, luncheon Chairwoman Molly Keenan, Barbara Knill, Anastasia Kurdia, Cathy Lackner, Elizabeth “Betsy” Lopez, Marjorie Nolan-Wheatley, Natasha Ramer, Katherine Raymond, Pam Rogers (the Longenecker recipient of last year), Susan Solomon, and Staci Sundmaker.
Les Femmes d’Orleans held their Tea Social at the residence of Dorothy Gaudet, a founding member. Mini sandwiches, fresh fruit, scones and cheeses were part of the purveyance and were complemented thematically by decorations of teapots filled with lilies, daisies and tulips. The tea setting included a mixture of Lennox tea cups and more flowers. Piano music enhanced the pleasant ambience for this gathering of friends, who enjoy Mardi Gras, camaraderie, and “giving of themselves in charitable ways.”
Sipping and chatting were Barbara deMonsabert, Hope Gaudet, Crisler Bell, Amy Sandridge, Rhonda deMonsabert, Charlotte Iriarte, Rie Rivolo, Heather Stephens and Tammy Becker. And that’s what friends are for.