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l IIMImlRIIIIIIII lllllllllllllill+++ llllIll[ l+!lllllllllllllllll llllltlllll:tl Imllllllllllllll Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter , Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 13B ARTS and E NTERTAINMENT Madrigal impresses while entertaining The pews of the Methodist Church were filled last Mon- day by community members treated to Quincy's new madrigal choir, Le Panach6. The formation of the madrigal group was started last October by Feather River College Professor Emeritis John K. Probst, and came to fruition with the Christmas program this year. The nine-member group, led by Probst, performed a selec- tion Of Christmas favorites by renowned composers includ- ing Franz, Schubert and M. Leontovitch, and even a com- position by Probst himself. The audience heard solo performances by sopranos Stephanie McMillan and Jen- nifer Probst Gourley, tenor Hal Hein, alto Shawny Hard and classical guitarist An- drew Ohren. The madrigal is a poetic and musical form developed in Renaissance Italy. A secular vocal composition of three to eight voices and unaccompa- nied by music, the madrigal is composed with different music to express each stanza of the lyrics. Though lines of text are of- ten repeated, each line of mu- sic singing it is supposed to be different. The hallmark of this form is many separate melodies interacting simulta- neously and words that often match the music. "I'm very, very happy with the way it turned out. I have a group of dedicated people who have an ear for music and the ability to project," said Probst. He said he still has arrange- ments left to use and is audi- tioning for a female alto tenor and possibly another bass. The group will start again Jan. 11 and continue through May 31, culminating in a per- formance with the Ecumeni- cal Chorus Conference by the Members of the new madrigal choir Le Panach6 wowed the audience with their first performance Dec. 22 at the United Methodist Church in Quincy. "1 particularly enjoyed the close, tight harmonies," said J.P. Reynolds of Quincy. "It's what makes madrigal music popular, and they nailed it." Photo by Traci Bue intends to reorganize the group after May. Members of the audience enjoyed the evening's enter- tainment and were impressed American Guild of Organ- ists in Reno. Le Panach6 will be one of 12 groups invited to sing at the event held at the Trinity Church. Probst Lassen Arts Councilmakes a new beginning what the working board is supposed to be responsible for, we really can't move on to the next step," Templeton said. "We need to come up with a master list of jobs and then do them" Sheehy said other board members are asking, "What's my job? What do you want me to do? We have to line that out for them. There is nothing in the bylaws that discusses the duties of a board member." Sheehy said the bylaws were written 25 years ago and are probably outdated. The appar- ent consensus among the board was the bylaws and responsi- bilities of the board members should be' revised and rewrit- as separate entities trying to accomplish the same thing." Templeton said one of the college's strategic planning goals is to become a cultural center in the community, and the college is already a part- ner in such endeavors and would be interested in strengthening that role. He also said the college may be able to provide work- study students to help with arts council projects through the Ambassador Program which he administers. The students could be paid with federal dollars. The board continues to seek new board members. Ap- plications are available at the arts council, and those inter- Sam Williams News Editor swillia The Lassen County Arts Council is starting over. "We're really at ground ze- ro," said Doug Sheehy, a longtime board member on the arts council. Former Executive Director Michielle No0nberg lost her job and four long-time board members tendered their res- ignations in November to make room for those with new ideas presented at a pub- lic forum where the public made 13 suggestions regard- ing the council's operation. The new board met'Dec. 17 at the arts council's gallery to clarification from existing procedure while others could inform a strategic planning agenda suggested at the November member- ship and community forum. As a new board member, I am posing these questions to inform my service on the board of directors." Sheehy, who chaired the meeting, said the board has operated as it has for many years, and he could not offer any specific answers to Tem- pleton's questions. Templeton said the arts council appears to be "a board-driven organization" and members are only afford- ed "the right to pay their membership dues." with the well-rounded perfor- mance of the new group, which rehearsed only once a week. "I thought it was really good. The soloists were amaz- ing. I particularly enjoyed the close, tight harmonies," said J.P. Reynolds of Quincy. "It's what makes madrigal music popular and they nailed it." Reynolds' wife Lori Cross agreed, adding Jennifer Prob- st Gourley, the director's daughter and current singer in the chorus of the Reno Opera, was one of her fa- vorite singers, staging "Gesu Bambino" by Pietro A. Yon. The program included works sung a cappella like "Carol of the Bells" by Mykola Leontovitch and tra- ditional versions of carols "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "O Come O Come Emmanuel." Members of Le Panache" di- rected by John K. Probst are: sopranos Susan Wilson and Stephanie McMillan, altos Al- ice King and Shawny Hard, tenors Cynthia Baker and Hal Hein, basses Don Dailey, Har- ry Clarke and Bill Tantau. For more information on their upcoming concert in Reno or to audition for the madrigal choir, call 283-5430. MT TOMBA Inn Dinner House - SINCE 1937 /I NEW YEAR'S EVE! try and set a direction for the non-profit,gDanizati0n, but as the meeting progressed the board members had more questions than answers. The meeting was later adjourned to the Lion and the Lamb British Pub. New board member Cary Templeton, who also serves as Lassen Community College's dean of student services, re- Given the ideas that arose at+ t!e:omunJty forum in November, he suggested, "The public may want to have more input." The new board will hold an organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Student Services Build- ing at Lassen Community College to outline a new di- rection for the organization, viewed the job description for define responsibilities for board members and the arts board members review the council's bylaws given to him bylaws and consider forming at the last meeting, new committees. He presented a lengthy list Proposed action items for the agenda items include a of questions regarding both for the board to consider. He said thank-you ad for those who according to his reading of the participated in the Chocolate documents, he sawfivespecif- Festival and the Ed Su- ic and four general obligations sanville Show, the creation of for board members, an arts council Web site, "W " " here are 20 questmns forming an expanded part- that captured my attention as nership with LCC, and a Men I reviewed the LCAC by- of Worth concert at LCC laws," Templeton wrote, scheduled inMarch. "Some of these require just a "If we can't get down to QHS student awarded Austin Hagwood of Quincy been a tradition for the board High School won the grand to ask the winner to read his prize in the 2008 essay contest essay. Following the presen- sponsored by the League of tation, the young people and Women Voters of Plumas their parents are invited to County. join the League for lunch. On Tuesday, Jan. 6, the For more information League willpresent Hagwood call Joyce Scroggs at 283- and the three honorable men- 0795 or Jane Braxton Little tion winners -- Andrea West at 284-6516. and Kaiah Cook, both of Greenville High School, and Luis Rubalcava-Cunan of Quincy High to the Board of Supervisors. "Global'warming" was the topic of the 2008 essay con- test. According to Joyce Scroggs, who collated the es- says, more than 60 students, from the ninth through 12th grades, addressed the subject with great seriousness. Pat Terhune, who was one of three League judges, said, "This year's entries were a pleasure to read. They demonstrated that the stu- dents had mastered their facts and were able to present them with logic and mature writing ability." Prior to their appearance before the Board of Supervi- sors, League members will give the contest winners a tour of the courthouse. It has ten to reflect the challenges fac- ingttheorganization today and to respond to the organ'tzation's current needs. Sheehy said the college should be the cultural center of the community. The arts council should "work hand in hand with the college and not ested in joining the arts coun- cil can als0 Pqk+ug an appli- . cation at 807 Cottage St. Mem- bership dues are $20 a year. For more information about volunteering at the arts council or applying to the board, contact the arts council at 257-5222. ? :: at the 00ii! +"UMASCLUm' t +,+ : i'. 9pm- 1am .No Cover Charge l. |... Rock n Roll |. ," \\;' I SHU'R'LE SERVICE AVAILABLE I' , - ..: . 443 Main Street | r Quincy } S Wed. 1213|. 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