Carthage Music Club celebrated the annual Parade of American Music on Nov. 9 in the Murphy-Payne room on the Panola College campus.

Jacinda Gwinn presented the program featuring works by six renowned American composers. Gwinn related the outstanding accomplishments and musical contributions of each composer while club members performed a selection from each composer.

“I Feel Pretty” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story was performed by Soprano Kristy Cawthon with Stephen George as accompanist. Soloist Sandra Bauer sang “The Way We Were” composed by Marvin Hamlisch. Elizabeth Morris accompanied on the piano.

“Far and Away,” a movie theme by John Williams, was presented by Pianist Becky Gullette.

“Broadway Baby” from Follies by Stephen Sondheim was dramatically presented by Tori Windham, accompanied by her grandmother Joyce Hughes who also performed “Glassworks, No. 1, Opening” composed by Philip Glass.

“Animal Crackers II” composed by Eric Whitacre, using three poems by Ogden Nash, was performed by Marcia McKillop, soprano; Sarah Baker, alto; and Eric Lawrence, tenor.

Judy Galetar accompanied the trio.

“America, the Beautiful”, written by school teacher Katharine Lee Bates in 1893, was read by Claire Windham to end the program.

The National Federation of Music Clubs observes American Music Month annually in November through the Parade of American Music. The Parade of American Music honors its founder, Ada Holding Miller, by encouraging NFMC clubs to increase programming and performance of American music; to bring more recognition to American composers; to stimulate public appreciation and awareness of American music; and to broaden the knowledge of American music.

Club members sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America, I Love You” led by Cawthon and accompanied by Sarah Baker. Gwinn led the members in reciting the NFMC Collect.

President Hubbard conducted the business meeting which included information about the spring fundraiser concert and the October Texas Federation of Music Club District III Fall Convention held at First United Methodist Church.

Hostesses for the meeting were Baker, Galetar and Windham.

Members attending were Baker, Bauer, Cawthon, Carolyn Copeland, Galetar, George, Gullette, Gwinn, Hubbard, Hughes, Elinor Humphreys, Nancy Langford, Lawrence, McKillop, Morris, Claire Windham, and Tori Windham. Special guests were Charles Hughes, Austin Adkison, Abbikate Cawthon, and Ellie Cawthon.

Carthage Music Club is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs and Texas Federation of Music Clubs.

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