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Guitarist Ron Roberts Performs for Blanco Woman’s Club
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 • Posted January 15, 2008

At their first meeting of the new year, members of the Blanco Woman’s Club met at the home of Bonnie Holmes. The program, sponsored by the music department, consisted of a performance by Ron Roberts, a well-respected local classical guitarist. Roberts, who has performed at many local venues, including the Blanco Community Chorus’s Christmas program, was introduced by Vicki Pautz, who characterized him as "always striving for excellence and changing whatever is necessary to achieve it."

He received his classical training under a student of Andres Segovia and took master classes and private lessons with Pepe Romero, who Roberts said gave him "four things to work on" for the rest of his life. His program, a selection of several of his favorite pieces, began with a Bach prelude from Suite #3. Roberts explained that the general feeling of any prelude is "a searching out." Next he performed Bach Fugue BWV 1000. "Gethsemane" by Vicente Ascencio, from Mystic Suite, was his third piece, followed by "Nocturno," by F. Moreno-Torroba, which he described as "a nighttime piece", progressing from the clock striking two a.m. to "the frantic nervousness of being up late, then calm, then the clock striking five a.m." Roberts concluded with a waltz by South American composer A. Barrios, which was written on a steamship sailing down the Amazon, on which Barrios played dance music. Roberts asked his hearers to imagine the calls of the dancers to the floor.

In the business portion of the meeting, library expansion committee member Gwen Risinger announced that the committee has just gotten a draft of the second round of plans for the new library from architects Lake-Flato. First vice-president Dean Myane, presiding in the absence of president Nell Krueger, thanked Risinger and her committee for all their hard work.

Silver Tea chair Janie Jones thanked all members who helped with the recent fund-raiser, which has raised $26,300 to date toward the construction of the new library.

Tish Johnson reported from the literature department that a series of brown-bag lunches will be held at the library. The first one, on January 10th, will feature Canyon Lake author Mary Powell, who will discuss her book Galveston Rose. Beverages and dessert will be provided and those attending should bring a sandwich. Music chair Vicki Pautz announced a series of concerts in Austin by recorder artist Jan Jackson, who accompanied the Blanco Community Choir in their Christmas performance.

Following the meeting, members enjoyed refreshments including finger sandwiches, orange poppy seed bread, assorted cookies, cake, a fresh fruit tray, coffee, cider, and tea. Hostesses included Bonnie Holmes, Jan Redmond, and Priscilla Seals.

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