From famous classics to Dixieland, over a dozen IVC care-receivers and Madrona House residents enjoyed the launch on May 1st of the new Music Appreciation Club sponsored by IVC and coordinated by two IVC volunteers-Dick Goff and Joanie Nichols.

In this inaugural gathering, participants listened to and talked about recorded performances of Rossini’s William Tell Overture (including its famous “Lone Ranger” movement), The Three Tenors’ rendition of “O Sole Mio,” the love duet from The Merry Widow Operatta (sung by opera stars Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon), “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey” by the Prerservation Hall Jazz Band, and the beautiful violin solo “Meditation on a Theme from Thais” played by Itzhak Perlman.

The listening was enthusiastic–lots of foot tapping, movement and smiles. So too was the conversation, about what images, feelings and memories the songs inspired, as well as participants’ own musical preferences and experiences.

The club plans to meet usually on the first Thursday of each month-each time in the lovely parlor of Madrona House. A wide variety of music will be featured. Special thanks goes to Janice Donald, Life Enrichment Coordinator for Bainbridge Senior Living, who arranged for Madrona’s hosting of the club and supported our first session in various other ways including her personal participation. Thank you also to the IVC volunteers who transported several of the participants to and from the gathering.

By Dick Goff (IVC Board President)