At the beginning of June I had started talking to my neighbors about the possibility of having a get-together and described having a potluck where everyone could meet over food and that there would be a performance of the Elegant Music Quartet. This suggestion was received with enthusiasm.
A Good Idea
Then I got a call from one of my favorite cellists Cathy Biagini who has both her very talented children Violinist Sarah Biagini and Cellist Seth Biagini in town/home for the summer. She said that she had been invited to perform on the front lawn of a beautiful home in La Canada and invited Sheila and I to also perform. This performance was entitled “Biagini Bowl with Elegant Music” named after Hollywood Bowl concerts and in fact, we were featuring motion picture themes.
As it turns out Pastor Michael Mahoney of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley was in attendance and “just like that” we were then invited to perform on the following Thursday June 25th at Grace Community Church. The performance was very well attended and several attendees thanked us warmly for performing saying “that this was needed.”
I went door to door talking to my neighbors about the party, handed them an invite and talked about what food they would like to bring. I told them about the successes of the other performances and again, the idea of having a neighborhood party of our own with a performance was very well received.
Here is the copy of the invite.
In addition to the Elegant Music Quartet with the Biagini family, Harpist Elaine Litster also joined the group forming a six piece ensemble of: Flute, Violin, Cello 1, Cello 2, Harp and Piano. Here is the program of what we played:
Elegant Music Summer Concert
Motion Picture Themes
Sunday June 28, 2020
3190 Crestford Drive, Altadena, CA. 91001 323-270-3650
Somewhere/Tonight from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein
Cafe Music, Paul Schoenfield
Concerning Hobbits, Howard Shore from Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring)
Prelude from Cello Suite #1 in G Major, J.S. Bach
The Kiss from Last of The Mohicans, R. Edelman & T. Jones
Summer from The Four Seasons, A. Vivaldi
Game of Thrones – Main Theme, Ramin Djawadi
Schindler’s List, J. Williams
Siciliana, Italian Lute Composition, 16th Century Traditional
Por Una Cabeza, C. Gardel
Married Life from Up, Disney Pixar
Motion Picture Medley
Out of Africa, John Barry
Thorn Birds, Henry Mancini
Hymn To the Sea – James Horner
Southhampton – James Horner
My Heart Will Go On – James Horner
The Throne Room from Star Wars, J. Williams
Most everyone brought lawn chairs and took care to maintain a safe environment.
Throughout our performance children danced improvising “ballet moves”. During “Por Una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel they did a tango!
After the performance Sheila and I received many compliments. One woman said that she was inspired to write music. And, just today I was given a painting by one of my neighbors artist Karen Johnson who, inspired by our performance, created a watercolor entitled “Elegant Music.”
I got what I wanted:
I got people out of the house.
I got people together and they let each other know that they are all right.
People enjoyed themselves.
I enjoyed performing with some amazing musicians.
Inspired, guests were moved to express themselves through art.
And, 2 weeks before I fixed my lawn sprinklers and now have a green front lawn just in time for the party!
It was a Summer Concert. “A Pop-up Pops Concert.” It was a Block Party. For my immediate neighbors was “a night out” to “eat dinner on their front lawn and enjoy music.” A Hollywood Bowl style Concert without the traffic!
Isn’t It Time?
Can you do this in your neighborhood? You betcha!*
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann
Elegant Music 626-797-1795
*bet·cha /ˈbeCHə/ informal contraction
1. bet you (used to express confidence or certainty that something is the case or will happen).
2. Sentence: ”I betcha 98% of your neighbors would love an event like this.“
“you betcha” — used to express certainty or as a strongly positive response.
Sentence: “Had she pictured herself in a Broadway role? You betcha!”