The Napa Valley Register from Napa, California on March 17, 1973 · 23
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The Napa Valley Register from Napa, California · 23

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Saturday, March 17, 1973
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7D The REGISTER, Napa, Calif. Saturday, March 17, 1973 Arts and artists Opera Concertante at Mondavis cmmmr Beauty By KAY STONE How beautiful you are, I said to an old lady, whose sweetness is an open sesame to all who meet her. I ought to be, she answered with her charming smile, Ive been living in a marvelous world for almost seventy years. A bit of every happy experience seemed to have become a part of her. She was enveloped in the essence of romantic old gardens. On her lips there lingered kisses that had healed cut fingers and bumped noses, and at the corners of her mouth, played the smiles of sweetheart days. Her laugh was the echo of childhoods mirth. Her voice was the ripple of a little stream. In her eyes lingered visions of blue skies and sunsets and enchanted forests. Her hair was a snow-capped Mountain. And, too, one could see the sun shining through the smoke of battle. Her heart was the dwelling place of Love and Faith and Hope. Love that endureth all things, Faith that moved mountains. Hope that lived Eternal. I Midnight frogs By MARCHETA SLUYTER In my back yard, in winter A pond will form and stay; ' Into this pond the little frogs All like to come and play. Through out the night I hear them With their Be-deep - Be-dup, They make a cheerful chorus; All night they keep it up. One lone frog sings, Rriwet (A frog that Ive named Lorrie, A cutie little she-frog -But thats a different story.) High Be-deep, low Be-dup, funny Rriwet; The song goes on and on. ' Im sorry when the pond dries up And my singing frogs are gone. ORCHID RUG & UPHOLSTERY CLEANERS Ut Us Us Tht Correct Cleaning Process For YOUR CARPET Shampoo Steam OR OUR EXCLUSIVE "CeM Riest Eitroctiee Process" 224-1255 By BERNICE DUNN Tomorrow will be the second concert in the Winter Festival sponsored by the Napa Valley Symphony League, indoors at Mondavi Winery, Oakville, 3 p.m. The event features Opera Concertante" under direction of Donald Pippin, whose Sunday evening concerts at the Old Spaghetti Factory have been outstanding for many years. The concert opens with Quintet For Piano and Winds, K 452, Mozart. For melody, rhythm, harmony, technique, form, contrapuntal devices, originality and instrumentation, every phase of music, Mozart is unexcelled and this will be a rare opportunity to hear flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, french horn and piano in one of Mozarts major works. .After intermission, during which wine and cheesetasting will be available free, Pippin presents Rita, a one-act comic opera by Donizetti. Singers will be Sylvia Davis, soprano, Douglas Ahlstedt, tenor, and Marvin Klebe, baritone, and the wind quintet, the music orchetrated for piano and the quintet by Pippin. Sylvia Davis and Ahlsted are members of the Western Opera Theatre. Ms. Davis has appeared in several WOT operas, among them the Barber of Seville and The Medium. Ahlstedt will be remembered as a member of What Price Confidence, given by WOT on March 4 at Mondavis. Marvin Klebe was a member of Lamplighters (the Gilbert and Sullivan players which will be one of the Napa Concert Association events later this year) and he has also appeared in several WOT productions. I ularly remember Klebe in the Lamplighters production of Menottis Amelia Goes To the Ball. Wind players appearing in both sections of the presentation Sunday are Donald OBrien, clarinet; Robin May, oboe Laurence Duckies, flute; Robert Hughes, bassoon; Earl Saxton, french horn; and Pippin at the piano. Tickets are 52 and $3 and may be obtained at the door. THE RHINE HOUSE The Rhine House at Beringer Winery has a new look; it has been refurbished into what it must have been the day it was completed. Along with this, there is a large exhibit of the work of Napa artists. They are Ken Wilkens, Joanne Youngberg, Connie Dillon, Ted Christensen, Ann Smigle, Pat Andrews, Jane Daugherty, John Simpkins, Zelma Stevens, Earl Thollandar, Frank Altamura, Gordon Brusstar, Marty Stufft, and Dorothy Dryer. These artists will be permanently exhibited at the Rhine House on a rotating basis. The decor of the Rhine House gives it an entirely new look recTcarpeting, and red-flocked wallpaper enhance the carved woodwork, the huge fireplace, the silver chandeliers, the stained glass windows, and the paintings. A small dining room on the left of the entrance is papered in blue-green wallpaper depicting grape clusters and leaves; it, and the buff-colored wall-to-wall carpeting set off the exquisitely carved dining set. Two winetasting rooms, one the original kitchen, are similarly furnished, so that the whole ground floor is truly a new showplace in Napa Valley. The stained glass was made many years ago in Germany, and the oak paneling and counters are from the German Black Forest. The paintings vary from conventional realism to abstract, but all bear the mark of talented artists, and they were all hung with regard to the color of the background and space. The exhibit is open to the public and will be seen by the more than 200,000 people who visit the Rhine House yearly. WHOS A PROFESSIONAL? Plunging fearlessly into the fray, I went to see the Trade Fair Artist show in their outdoor exhibit last weekend. There were paintings, metal sculpture, redwood clocks, etc. There has been criticismcalling these Bay Area artists professionals, thus, it is said, casting adverse reflections on Napa artists. After seeing the show I feel no Napa artist need fear it Is an artist professional because his art is superior to an amateur, or because he sells more pictures? In my judgement the artists at the Trade Fair show were most certainly not professionals based on their art, which was run-of-the-mill mediocre. These artists were not bound together as individuals in an association; an agent has taken on each one and arranges shows for them together. However, as to bringing in out-of-town artists, certainly Trade Fair or any other group or individual has a perfect right to do so and Napa people have a perfect right not to be limited to viewing only Napa artists. JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY The Friends of the Napa City-County Library are holding their annual membership drive. An annual meeting will be held March 21, 8 p.m., at the Goodman building, 1219 First Street. After the short meeting Cole Cornelius, teacher at Justin-Siena High school will present a talk illustrated with slides on the recent trip to Scammons Lagoon, spawning ground of the California whale. The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is free. Accomplishments of the past year of this organization were a 100 per cent increase of membership, purchase of a lap miniviewer for the library, and a reception for Frances Gould, wine expert of St. Helena, upon publication of his new work, My Life With Wine. Goal for the coming year is to raise funds to furnish the "childrens room of die new city-county library. Sylvia Davis, soprano, will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mondavi Winery in the one-act opera, Rita, by Donizetti. The presentation is a part of the Napa Symphony League Winter Festival series. Tickets are available at the door. OPERA COURSE A course in the San Francisco Sunday opera series will be given at Napa College this coming fall beginning with La Favorita and ending with La Traviata. Each of the ten evenings of the course will precede the actual Sunday afternoon opera performance. Although the course will be of particular interest to people going on the Sunday opera buses, it is open to everyone else whether going to operas on Sundays, or evenings during the week, or not going at all. Fly will give information on the operas, the stories, the composers, and place each in its historical background, augmenting each with tapes from his vast collection. Cost for the complete course is $2. Call 224-6162 for pre-enrollment. Dates, times, and places will be announced later. THIS AND THAT If you have quadraphonic system which includes an SQ decoder, or can augment your stereo system with an appropriate decoder, you can hear the San Francisco Symphony live on this sound from KKHI on March 30, 8:30 p.m. This is only the second time the live broadcast from KKHI, has used this CBS-SQ quadraphonic system. KKHI will be interested in vnmpnta from listeners using quadraphonic sound, or mono, or stereo too. The station broadcasts over 1550 AM and 95.7 FM. Address is St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA 94119. Incidentally, the station puts out a handsome monthly program guide, $7 yearly.... Lucy Case, Napa artist known for her outstanding watercolors, has an exhibition of her works at the Accent Etc. giigry, upstairs, Sonoma, on the west side of the Plaza. Many of her scenes are of Napa and Sonoma, others are from her European sketches. On view all through March.... The Crocker Gallery, Sacramento, has received a matching grant of $1500 from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is to publish a booklet by Prof. Seymour Howard on The Funeral of Patroclus by the French artist, David, which the Crocker museum owns. The Creative Arts League of Sacramento has received a grant of $2000 from the same source to aid special exhibitions. For an 87-page large size paperback book on the National Endowment, telling how to qualify for a grant under the various Architecture, Environment, Educations, Arts, Music, etc. programs, send $1 to the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 and ask for Stock Number 3600-0011, Our Programs.... Keyboard Arts is a splendid magazine for piano teachers and students. One fascinating article in the Winter 1973 edition is The Naive, Brainwashed, Disillusioned Piano Teacher. The magazine is published by the National Keyboard Art Associates, University Park, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540. It is free. Just send them your name and address.... Ansel Adams photographic prints of the Yosemite region are on sale for $20 each plus $3 shipping, and $1 California sales tax. Usually his original prints sell for $200. There are 18 different prints available, such as Forest Detail Winter, Ferns, Bridalveil Falls, etc. The prints are 8 x 10 and are mounted on archival doubleweight paper, and each print is initialled by Ansel Adams. Write Bests Studio, Inc., Box 415, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389....

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