Belles entertain at meeting

Published 5:11 pm Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The spirit of Christmas was in evidence within and without the handsome Oak Hill resident of Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Boyd, who hosted the December meeting of Matinee Musicale. From the lighted greenery surrounding the entryway and the magnificent Christmas tree visible through the front window, to the beautiful decorations in colors of turquoise, beige and deep brown that complemented the décor of the living and dining rooms, all contributed to the festive atmosphere.

A dramatic centerpiece of tall pottery vases holding glittering gold and silver stems and interspersed with candles and ornaments on silk and velvet ribbons in the same colors stretched almost the length of the dining table, which was laden with an assortment of delicacies.

Mrs. Steve Mills, one of the morning event’s hostesses, presided at the coffee service.

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Mrs. James Perkins, president, opened the meeting with a warm welcome to members and guests and introduced the morning’s artists, the Matinee Musicale Christmas Belles, a talented group of the club’s own membership. Directed and accompanied by Terri Doremus, the ensemble, composed of Carole Bennett, Linda Kergosien, Celeste Lowery and Tish Russell, began the program with lively arrangements of two popular holiday songs, “Winter Wonderland” and “Let it Snow,” followed by “Please Come Home for Christmas,” performed by Celeste Lowery in her own inimitable style. The quartet assembled again for “The Christmas Song” and Christmas Canon,” an exquisite arrangement

based on Pachelbel’s familiar and well-loved “Canon in D.”

Linda Kergosien’s rich mezzo soprano was the perfect vehicle for “The Christmas Waltz,” which preceded Schubert’s beloved “Ave Maria” sung by Carole Bennett, soprano, whose interpretation of the musical classic has become a centerpiece of the annual Advent concerts at the Church of the Redeemer.

Tish Russell joined Terri Doremus at the piano for a lovely setting of the familiar carol, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and Carole Bennett and Celeste Lowery closed the program with a duet of the tender and touching “Star Child.”

The program had been eagerly anticipated by the membership and was enthusiastically received by members and guests. When Mistress of Ceremonies Tish Russell introduced the program, she expressed a hope for each person there that to leave with spirits lifted and hearts full of joy, a wish that was granted in full.

After expressions of appreciation to the Belles for the delightful Christmas program and to Mrs. Boyd and the hostesses, Mrs. Perkins adjourned the meeting. Assisting Mrs. Boyd for this very special event were Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Patrick Lowery and Mrs. Dan Wynn.