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Joe’s United | Nov. 23, ’21

By November 23, 2021No Comments

Review of “Musical Soireé,”

The First Fundraising Event by CUC’s Music Steering Committee

On Friday, November 12, our music steering committee hosted a stellar house concert event which provided us a wonderful opportunity for fun and fellowship and raised significant funds towards our upcoming Händel’s Messiah Christmas concert! Speaking of which, tickets are going fast, so please make sure to get yours ASAP! You can do so at the following link:

The CUC Music Steering Committee is excited by the success of its first fundraising event. Thank you for your involvement and support which made it such a success! The committee looks forward to hosting such concerts in the new year. We hope to see you at these future events. To give you a sense of the experience of our Friday, November 12 “musical soireé,” below, please find comments from some of the attendees.

            “A ‘musical soireé’ was at the lovely home of Karen and Howard Fisher with their antique grand pianos. Howard and Joe took turns playing some of their favorite music, as well as favorites suggested by those in attendance. In between sets we were treated to a wide variety of appetizers and desserts–delicious, of course! What a   delightful event—talented pianists and an opportunity to share conversation with fellow church members. It’s great to be together again!”

                                    -Jack and Kay Dunn

            “What a wonderful evening we experienced last Friday at the home of Howard and Karen Fisher. We are certainly blessed to have these professional musicians in our midst. Both Howard and Joseph played a fascinating variety of music from Broadway musicals to classical numbers by Ravel and Debussy and “Piano Man” by Billy Joel (one   of my personal favorites). And this Musical Soireé also gave us an opportunity to visit with CUC friends and enjoy delicious goodies in a welcoming home in the beautiful foothills. I hope there will be more opportunities for evenings like this. Sign me up!”

                                    -Janet Kester

            “It was a wonderful way to spend a Friday evening!!!! We went over the allotted 2-hour   time frame because everyone was enjoying themselves SO much!!! I would encourage more members of our congregation to participate if these are offered in the future. These “soireés” raised quite a bit of money to help defray the cost of a major musical     production such as the Messiah, coming in Dec. But the selling point of it all was the great music and getting to visit with people you knew and people you got to know better. I personally will attend if these events are an ongoing thing.”

                                    -Dawn McEwen

            The “musical soiree” was a unique opportunity to gather again with other church members. With fewer opportunities to socialize due to Covid, I thought this was a great idea, and a fun way to fellowship and to enjoy wonderful music.

            Howard played piano compositions by his favorite composers, and then requested and played special requests from the attendees. The evening concluded by Joseph playing several select pieces of music. It was a wonderful evening. There was ample social time to meet and chat with other attendees and enjoy the food and beverages. 

                                    -Gary and Janet Householder

            “The Fisher’s hospitality was awesome – Joseph’s Ravel, Debussy, composition and rendition of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” blew me away. Howard made it even more special by sharing the personal stories about each piece he so beautifully played. Great company – beautiful home – and amazing music!!!”

                                    -Karen Wenzel

            “The day after the soireé I found myself humming several of the audience requests and thinking about our amazing evening. Not only was the music incredible, but we learned so much. Both Joseph and Howard are amazing musicians, teachers, and entertainers. Thank you so much for the lovely soiree!”

                                    -Mary Lynne and Jerry Koepke

            “Musical Soireé was so much fun! I loved listening to the amazing piano music by our music director, Joseph Noelliste and Howard Fisher! What a beautiful evening at the home of Karen and Howard Fisher! I was grateful to enjoy the music and fellowship with other CUC members!”

                                    -Diane Rundell

            “We were treated to a wide range of music. Howard performed “When I Look into your Eyes”, “She Was Too Good to Me”, “Two for the Road” and many show tunes. He played some requests, too. Joe played some of his favorite classical music from French Impressionists Debussy and Ravel. Joe ended his set by singing and playing “The Piano Man” by Billy Joel. It was delightful to hear two amazing pianists share their talent with us. Delicious hors d’oeuvres we’re served throughout the evening. I look forward to attending more of these events.”

                                    -Lynn Swanson