Williamsport Music Club monthly meeting to focus on United States

“A Musical Buffet” is the year’s theme chosen by Barby Smith, Williamsport Music Club’s program chairman. The club’s Nov. 26 program will convene at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, 201 Mulberry St. The program is free and open to the public.

November’s program is titled, “Sparkling Red White and Blue.” Leatha Kieser, program chairman, is making a musical point of honoring statehood. The music on the program has the name of the state in the title or body of the song and, as close as possible, they are programmed in the order they joined the union.

As a prelude to the program a special arrangement of “Yankee Doodle” will be played by Jane London, pianist. The program will be introduced by a song called “Fifty Nifty United States” by Ray Charles, in which 50 states are worked into the lyrics of the song. Bonnie Seltzer and Leatha Kieser will be the vocalists and Carol Waltz the accompanist.

Pennsylvania entered the union in 1787 and the state’s song is “Pennsylvania” by Gertrude Martin Rohrer. Leatha Kieser will lead the audience in singing and Carol Waltz will accompany.

Georgia, which entered the union in 1788, is represented by “Georgia on my Mind” by Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael. Lucy Henry will be alto vocalist and Dianne Peeling the accompanist. South Carolina, which entered in 1788, and North Carolina, which entered in 1789, will be represented by “Carolina in the Morning” by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson, and “Carolina Moon” by Benny Davis and Joe Burke. Shirley Knade will be soprano vocalist and Dianne Peeling the accompanist.

Virginia, 1788; Kentucky, 1792; Louisiana, 1812; and Alabama, 1819, have music written by Foster and Bland. This music will be worked into a medley played by JoAnne Girton, pianist. New York, 1788, will lead into the title, “New York State of Mind.” Kristin Ivers will present both the vocals and piano accompaniment.

Tennessee entered the union in 1796 and Missouri in 1821. Both states will be represented by waltzes. “Tennesee Waltz” by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King and “Missouri Waltz” by John Valentine Eppel will be sung by soprano vocalist Joanne Kiehl and accompanied by Leatha Kieser.

The song of the month will feature the state of Indiana, which entered the union in 1816. The song, “Back Home Again in Indiana” by Ballard McDonald and James F. Hanley, will be presented by Doris Teufel and accompanied by JoAnne Girton.

Texas entered the union in 1845. “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” by June Hershey and Don Swander will be played by Thomas Wetzel, pianist.

California entered in 1850. “California, Here I Come” will be sung by soprano vocalist Betsy Belcher and accompanied by Bonnie Horn.

West Virginia entered the union in 1863. “Country Roads” by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver will be performed by Alice Weiler, who will sing and play guitar.

Oklahoma came late in 1907. The song “Oklahoma,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, will be sung by alto vocalist Marilyn Burget and accompanied by Leatha Kieser.

“The Star Spangled Banner,” arranged by Charlie Callahan as a pedal solo, will be played by Carol Waltz on the orgnan.

The finale “What Did Delaware?” will be sung by Leatha Kieser and friends and accompanied by Carol Waltz.

The hostesses for the evening are Kay Hoffman and Dorothy Maples.

The Williamsport Music Club is a federated member of the state and national Federation of Music Clubs.