July NY Piano Club party...

Posted by: Bernard

July NY Piano Club party... - 07/03/05 08:38 PM

I'm offering my place for a party at the end of July or beginning of August. I'm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (directly across the river from midtown).

I can do 7/30, 7/31, 8/6 or 8/7.

Any takers?
Posted by: Jeffrey

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/03/05 08:53 PM

I will be in Seattle on August 6 and 7th. I prefer the end of July. Thanks Bernard!!
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/04/05 02:23 AM

I can do any of those dates. Count me in.


FWIW - I would have suggested pushing it out a bit further, like the end of August, since we just had one last week. Of course, I'm a social guy and Greenpoint is 10 minutes away on the G, so I'll go whenever. My concern is more for those (with kids) whose spouses may not appreciate being left alone one Sunday out of four. (the names Bootsy and Grotriman come to mind)
Posted by: pete

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/04/05 05:33 PM

sorry, since I had so much fun at the last one, but I will be out of town with my lovely family having a vacation.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/05/05 04:47 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by jon-nyc:
I can do any of those dates. Count me in.


FWIW - I would have suggested pushing it out a bit further, like the end of August, since we just had one last week. Of course, I'm a social guy and Greenpoint is 10 minutes away on the G, so I'll go whenever. My concern is more for those (with kids) whose spouses may not appreciate being left alone one Sunday out of four. (the names Bootsy and Grotriman come to mind) [/b]
Aha. I could 8/27 or 8/28 instead. What's everyone's pleasure?
Posted by: LaPianista

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/05/05 05:07 PM

I'll try my best to make it. Need to know the address, time and date.
You can send private message.
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/05/05 07:49 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bernard:
Aha. I could 8/27 or 8/28 instead. What's everyone's pleasure? [/QB]
Those dates work for me as well, as do the original four.

Bootsy and Grotriman - can you chime in???
Posted by: Grotriman

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/06/05 06:51 AM

My family is on vacation that weekend. Hopefully they are taking me with them. So I guess that 7/30 works better for me.

Thanks Bernard!
Posted by: fingers

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/06/05 07:48 AM

I'm not sure of our vacation schedule just yet. I'll try to work it around the agreed piano date.

fingers
Posted by: Bootsy

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/06/05 05:35 PM

Dear All,

I'll do my best to visit Bernard's any time he invites me, although jon-nyc is right about the spouses, the weekend childcare issue, and timing in general for us parents of smaller children. However, I think that it's OK for some of us to sometimes miss a session, with regrets. In any case, I'd hope that I too could get away for a few hours on the last weekend in July, and I couldn't yet predict dates for our long-overdue whole-family vacation, vaguely scheduled for late August.

Thanks Bernard!


Best,

Bootsy (David Pannett)
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/06/05 06:00 PM

Bernard, we are driving home the weekend of Aug 27-28 from Delaware! We could always make a pit stop, drop the kids at my sister's in NJ and head to beautiful Brooklyn!

PM me if things are scheduled for that weekend and we will work it in! Would love to see you and Preston again, not to mention some of the other NY members!
Posted by: kenny

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/06/05 09:13 PM

Hmmmmm.
Posted by: Christopher T

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/07/05 08:58 PM

Any Sunday works for me that has been offered, but as soon as you decide, post it and set it in stone so I can request off work. My boss makes the schedule about 2 weeks in advance, so the sooner, the better.

Thanks Bernard!
~Chris
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/08/05 06:43 PM

OK... I'm thinking Sunday, July 31 around 2'ish. How's that?
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/09/05 04:05 AM

I'm in!
Posted by: fingers

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/09/05 07:53 AM

I'm almost certain that 7/31 works for me. Just need to check with my better half.

fingers
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/09/05 07:52 PM

OK. Let's say 7/31 at 2pm. And... it looks like we're going to have a guest from CA! Yeah!

Christopher T, take note! Hope to see you here on the 31st. Yes!

If anyone has any questions please feel free to PM me. I'll be getting up directions to my place for distribution to all.
Posted by: Bootsy

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/09/05 10:55 PM

I too will check with my better half, and cross-reference my potential vacation schedule.

But I do hope to be there, as I love Bernard, his playing, his repertory -- and I'm sure that I will love playing his piano for that matter.

Let's play four-hands, Bernard -- Brahms probably, his own arrangements of his string quartets perhaps? (Or, please tell me what you might prefer to play, unrehearsed. Not that I wouldn't enjoy rehearsing.)

Best,

Bootsy (sometimes called David Pannett)
Posted by: Christopher T

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/13/05 01:05 AM

7/31 at 2pm it is!
Now what shall I make to bring? ;\)
~Chris
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/13/05 01:24 AM

fingers,
 Quote:
I'm almost certain that 7/31 works for me. Just need to check with my better half.
You're invited to bring the whole family! Please. It will be marvelous if your wife could come.

Also--and I can't guanantee it--but at the present it looks like your son will not be the only youngster here.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/13/05 01:28 AM

Christopher T,
 Quote:
Now what shall I make to bring?
Whatever you decide on, I'm sure it'll be GOOD! Remembering the wonderful penne a la vodka you made last fall! Yum!
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/13/05 01:33 AM

Bootsy,
I'm touched.

 Quote:
Let's play four-hands, Bernard -- Brahms probably, his own arrangements of his string quartets perhaps? (Or, please tell me what you might prefer to play, unrehearsed. Not that I wouldn't enjoy rehearsing.)
WOW! I don't know... I don't even own the music.... and my time is so filled up already. OMG. Let me see if I can find something we might "play". hee hee. (help!)
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/14/05 11:04 AM

Hi, Bernard:

I'm planning to be there if I can get a cab from Penn Station without breaking the bank. Subway is not feasible for me - can't do the stairs/walking.

P.S. Happy Bastille Day!

P.P.S. BeeLady: Perhaps you could visit your NJ sister the last weekend in July and then pop over for the party?????
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/14/05 11:17 AM

Linda, I wish it were that simple.... :rolleyes:

Should the stars line up perfectly and all else falls into place, who knows...might find me on the stoop ringing the bell....But I can't make any promises.
Posted by: Linda in PA

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/14/05 11:51 AM

BeeLady - I'll have a talk with those stars! It would be nice to hear that door bell chime!! \:\)
Posted by: Christopher T

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/14/05 01:59 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Linda in PA:
Hi, Bernard:

I'm planning to be there if I can get a cab from Penn Station without breaking the bank. Subway is not feasible for me - can't do the stairs/walking.

P.S. Happy Bastille Day!

P.P.S. BeeLady: Perhaps you could visit your NJ sister the last weekend in July and then pop over for the party????? [/b]
Hi Linda,
I would suggest calling a car service to pick you up from Penn Station and bring you to Bernard's place, because typically they wind up being cheaper. You can probably get to his place for around $25-30. I plan on taking a car service from Queens because the reliability of the G train that goes to Brooklyn is horrendous. Bernard took a car service home from my place when I had the party last fall and I think it cost him around $20 which he split 3 ways (BeeLady and Kenny).

Anyway, hope this helps.
~Chris
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/14/05 04:06 PM

Actually, it will be cheaper to take a taxi. From Penn Sta. it won't cost more than $20 + tip.

On the other hand, if you want me to arrange for a car service from my neighborhood to pick you up, you won't have to worry about giving directions to the cab driver. You could let me know when to send the car for you. Let me know.
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/14/05 05:27 PM

Linda,

!!!
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/14/05 05:38 PM

Linda,
 Quote:
BeeLady - I'll have a talk with those stars!...
Boy, You get results!! (Say, I wonder if you could talk to those stars on my behalf... I've got a list of things... \:\) )

Right on!
Posted by: Bootsy

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/17/05 11:13 PM

Hey Bernard,

I just saw your response, and I'd be really happy to play any four-hands at all with you, so name that tune, and maybe I'll find a copy in advance, else we can wing it.


Best,

Bootsy
Posted by: Jeffrey

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/22/05 03:10 PM

Bernard - PM me the directions. My passport is ready.
Posted by: kenny

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/22/05 10:28 PM

Beelady
Jose has a surprise for you.
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/22/05 10:42 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by kenny:
Beelady
Jose has a surprise for you.
[/b]
Just so long as it's not a dog! :p (He is a sweetie! Jose, that is..)

Better get the oil changed in the car for the big drive....No piano playing for me, haven't touch mine in weeks... \:\(

I have been listening to the PW CD though...
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/25/05 07:11 AM

Bernard - can you send subway directions?
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/25/05 05:12 PM

Jeffrey, jon-nyc, and anyone else needing directions: I'm going to put them together this evening and will send PMs to you.

If anyone else would like the directions, please let me know and I'll PM or email you too.

Less than a week to go.

Bootsy, I got as far as pulling out a volume of Schuman 4-hands but haven't had time to more than glance at it. Whatever we do will have to be by the seat of our (at least mine) pants. Today I practiced for the first time since last Thursday.
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/28/05 06:10 PM

Ax was kind enough to drop off a box of PW CD's for me to bring. If you have not yet bought or want some more, I will be bringing 18 copies.

Bernard, you get first dibs..after that it's everyman/woman for themselves! \:D
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/30/05 07:31 PM

Tomorrow's the DAY!! Yeah!

PM me if you haven't received directions yet.

Hope to see you all around 2ish.
Posted by: Bootsy

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/31/05 09:30 PM

Love you Bernard, and thanks so much for your hospitality, piano, good times and excellent vibes -- and also for the great playing.

ChristopherT, kenny and BeeLady were three members that I don't believe that I had met before, and it was a pleasure. What an incredible thing for people to come from all over (wasn't there also someone from Rhode Island? my apologies for not recalling everyone's login), just to meet and play with like minded people... for the nth time, what a kind group, and what a nice party!

Thanks so much to Bernard for your hospitality, food and booze. It was also great to hear Fingers, jon-nyc, yourself, kenny and many others play the heck out of so much very interesting music. I played four-hands with jon-nyc again: an arrangement of E. Lacouna's Malaguena, which pretty much cleared the room -- we might need to devote another practice session to this one before trying in public again.

Affectionately,

Bootsy (David Pannett)
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/31/05 10:11 PM

Bernard - thanks so much for a great day. THanks also to Preston. By the way - who's to credit for the fantastic food? It was all I could do not to start eating that curry dip staight out of the bowl with a spoon.

Bootsy - its a shame you left when you did. You may remember Katrina was just sitting down to the piano as you left. After maybe 30 seconds of warm up, she played Ravel's Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit which, to say the least, pretty much got everyone's attention. Her playing was beyond description, she played it both delicately and intensely at the same time. I cajoled her into playing most of it a second time, it was so good.

THen she played Chopin's Barcarolle, and 7-8 Scarlatti Sonatas, including the K54 that I had already (poorly) played earlier that day. SHe is beyond impressive. It turns out she's an NEC grad.

It was great to meet Kenny, BeeLady and Chris T and Elsa (sp?). And it was good to see Bernard, Jeffrey, Bootsy, and Fingers again. But Fingers - we sure missed Ben!

I'm also sorry to report Grotriman couldn't make it. He's such an integral part of these parties its just not the same without him.

Unfortunately I can't post pictures, since I forgot my camera! I do remember lots of pictures being taken, hopefully Bernard and others can post a bunch.
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/31/05 10:12 PM

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Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/31/05 10:15 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bootsy:
=I played four-hands with jon-nyc again: an arrangement of E. Lacouna's Malaguena, which pretty much cleared the room -- we might need to devote another practice session to this one before trying in public again.[/b]
Yeah, we were expecting a hearty round of 'boos' when we were done like in our previous 4-hand performances but the audience didn't even stick around for that!
Posted by: Bootsy

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 07/31/05 10:48 PM

I did hear the Ondine (from Gaspard de la Nuit) from outside, while saying my goodbyes to Bernard. Still, I went home to preserve my marriage -- I was already half an hour late.

It sounded good from outside, and surely she was waiting to put us all to shame. Pity that I missed it.


Best to all, especially Katrina,

Bootsy (a.k.a. David Pannett)
Posted by: RealPlayer

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/01/05 11:48 AM

Sounds like fun! Well, sorry, but I missed another one. I just have mountains of music to learn, and it is seriously cramping my social life. (I'm not even getting my usual bike rides in.) Sometime in September I should get some non-piano time to myself.

Please post your pictures if any were taken!
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/01/05 03:20 PM

It was a lovely afternoon. It was nice meeting some newer members and seeing familiar ones again.

Thanks to Bernard for all your hospitality, prep and delicious food. The munchies kept me going thru the entire ride home (only 4 hours!). Do post that curry dip recipe....oh, was that ever good...

I did get a few pics but seem to have missed Jeffery and Elsa.. Elsa, Kenny's friend is something! I so enjoyed talking with her.

Fingers and jon-nyc look on while Bernard plays..



Bootsy and jon in their four hands performance..



And the end to a perfect day as we all are mesmerized by Katrina's playing....just lovely..
(Kenny, jon-nyc, Bernard, Preston, Christopher T, and Katrina)
Posted by: Grotriman

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/01/05 03:45 PM

I'm so sorry I missed your party Bernard! I was up with my mother, brother and sister in Rhode Island as you know.

Sounds like I missed some playing! I would have loved to have heard the K54.

DRAT.

So what kind of piano is that in those pix? I was told you had an upright? Did you like it down flat?
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/01/05 03:59 PM

Hi all, just a really quick note till later--been super busy since last evening... I had a SWELL time, thanks to all who could make it for coming.

Preston took loads of pictures but I haven't seen them yet. Will try to get some asap... may be a few days before I get them.

Later...
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/02/05 02:43 AM

Ok, well, I'm having problems with my computer here at home so the pictures will have to wait until tomorrow. I'll post them from work (don't tell my boss! Hee hee.)

fingers, Thank you for coming. I didn't know you also had a daughter (is her name Karen?--it has slipped my mind). You have an absolutely BEAUTIFUL family! Ben was missed but your daughter is such a sweetie! WHAT A SWEET and beautiful little girl--like honey or it's source: a precious flower. I'm so glad you brought her along.

Bootsy, it is always a great pleasure to be in your company. Your sight reading never ceases to amaze me. I am so happy that you graced my party with your presence.

jon-nyc, These parties would go lacking without your warmth, enthusiasm and intelligence. How wonderful that Katrina played Ondine! She told me she would probably come to my party but she wouldn't play. Ha!

Christopher T., I am honored that you came down from Queens to be at my party. Preston (and I!) enjoyed your playing very much. (Though not a musician, I am discovering that Preston has a very good perception of things musical.) Thank you for the Moonlight. I am (as are many others) looking forward to hearing you sing.

BeeLady, 4 Hours! Wow! All on account of us. You are one of the most generous people I know. Thanks for so many things. Most of all thanks for coming so far and facing the (up to 9 hour!) drive back to MA (I'm so happy it was only 4.). You're a sweetheart.

Jeffrey, I am so glad you found time in your busy life (how old is he now?) to grace my party. You made it to ... OMG... Brooklyn! (OK, I won't tell anyone). Your ardor (of the gentlest kind) is something special. Thanks.

Kenny, well what the heck--you're right here I'll thank you in person! And thank you ever so much for bringing Elsa--a beautiful spirit.


BeeLady, et. al. ... You won't be happy with the recipe for the Curry dip... we're talking about 99% fat. Egads (But!!!! One of the ingredients is honey! \:\) ). I will post it tomorrow along with the pictures.

jon-nyc, BeeLady brought us the lovely tapenade, eggplant, and artichoke spreads. Elsa brought the wonderful chickpea salad. I am responsible for the rest of the munchies. But if you all gain 10 lbs., don't blame me--I just follow recipes. (Hee hee.)

Preston also shot some 45 second avi movies with his camera. I'll post links to a few of them tomorrow. They're kinda fun.

THANK YOU ALL. I will cherish the memory.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/02/05 05:24 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Grotriman:
I'm so sorry I missed your party Bernard! I was up with my mother, brother and sister in Rhode Island as you know.

Sounds like I missed some playing! I would have loved to have heard the K54.

DRAT.

So what kind of piano is that in those pix? I was told you had an upright? Did you like it down flat? [/b]
Grotriman, know you've been in my thoughts.

Aha, yes, the piano is a Yamaha 5'3" G1R, purchased new in 1990.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/02/05 05:26 PM

Pictures!

Here are 3 from kenny:

jon-nyc:


Christopher T's beautiful smile:


BeeLady:
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/02/05 05:30 PM

Here are some Preston took...

Christopher T, BeeLady, Jeffrey, kenny, Elsa:


Jeffrey, kenny:


Elsa, Jeffrey, BeeLady, Karen(?), fingers, kenny:


kenny:


BeeLady, fingers, kenny (at piano), jon-nyc, Bootsy, Christopher T., Elsa:
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/02/05 05:31 PM

Bootsy:


BeeLady, kenny, Jeffrey:


BeeLady, kenny:


kenny, BeeLady, Karen(?), fingers, jon-nyc, moi:
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/02/05 08:00 PM

Bernard her name is Kara and what a sweetie she is! \:\)

I have plans for that all fat recipe! And anything that uses lots of honey is definitely going into my recipe file!
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/03/05 01:57 AM

Ok, you asked for it. This recipe came from "The Philadelphia Orchestra Cookbook" (published in 1980).

A few things I've learned about it: 1) The brand of mayonnaise and honey you use will affect the results; 2) It needs time to develop, best to make it the day or night before you're going to serve it.

BTW, for the party I used Kraft mayonnaise and Gunter's Pure Honey "Golden". In my estimation, this honey imparted a nice "flowery" aftertaste.

Honey Curry Dip

1 pint mayonnaise (I TOLD YOU SO!)
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons catsup
3 tablespoons grated onion (or less to taste)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon curry
salt and pepper to taste
9 drops of Tabasco sauce

Mix all the above ingredients and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

(contributed by Mrs. Wallace H. Wallace)


BeeLady, I've been meaning to ask you... since we're swapping recipes. Do you think I could have the recipe for that GREAT punch you made this spring?
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/03/05 03:39 PM

Thanks Bernard, into the file it goes. Ketchup was a surprising ingredient!

Perhaps Frank should consider publishing a PW Party cookbook. All the parties I have attended have had great food!

So here's my contribution

Shaker Herbade
1Tbs grated lemon rind
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh lemon balm or mint
1/2 cup simple syrup (*see below)
1/4 cup orange juice

Combine ingredients and let stand one hour. Add 4 quarts ginger ale and serve over ice in punch bowl.

*Simple Syrup
3 cups sugar
2 cups boiling water
1/16 tsp cream of tartar

Mix in a jar to disolve sugar, refridgerate till needed.
Posted by: Bernard

Re: July NY Piano Club party... - 08/03/05 05:02 PM

BeeLady,
 Quote:
Perhaps Frank should consider publishing a PW Party cookbook.
Yes! I'd be happy to work on it--I used to be a typesetter.

Hm. Do I see a new project on the horizon?

Thanks for the recipe. It was REALLY good punch.