What a great year this has turned out to be. Many of us thought that the 2009/2010 season in celebration of the Amigos 20th anniversary would be difficult to follow. But as we come towards the close of the 2010/2011 season marking the 30th birthday of the Cultural Centre, it seems that
we might have even surpassed ourselves. At the end of May we had the pure joy of seeing and hearing the lovely Sa Chen again. If anything, she has become even more charismatic since the last time we saw her. Not only was it heaven to hear the way she made the piano sing, it was delightful to see her face and whole body so completely absorbed in the music as she was playing. She in a dear person and we have cause to hope that she will return to the Algarve again one day.
On the 2nd of June we held an Amigos summer party. We hardly needed an excuse, but it was to celebrate the first thirty years of the Cultural Centre, our musical home. It was a perfect warm evening and guests were greeted by a selection of cocktails and canapés accompanied by Argentinian music from a guitar and an accordion. Dinner was announced and we moved up to the top terrace where we were seated at white cotton covered chairs adorned with scarlet sashes arranged around five tables each seating eight or nine people. These were charmingly set out with white cloths complimented by red napkins, red chargers and red glasses; it looked stunning.
The food was delicious and the atmosphere during the entire evening could not have been better and naturally, Marie was our guest of honour. It must viagra canada pharmacy be mentioned that fellow Amigo, Annelies Ruegbrink and her company Concept Catering took care of all the catering arrangements. As a gift she arranged for two young professional dancers to entertain us at intervals throughout the dinner with charming yet passionate Tangos. Thanks to Annelies for her generosity and a deep bow of respect for her ability to be a superb party organiser. It was a great evening.
So now we come to the last set of concerts of the Amigos year when our old friend Jeroen de Groot returns with his lovely Amati, 1660 violin to be accompanied by Bart van de Roer at the piano. Everyone will have received the program by now and with luck, those not on the mailing list will
have picked up the information from one of John Pereras excellent press releases. I can see that the Classists will probably opt for the Wednesday concert while the Modernists may be inclined to prefer the program on Saturday. Either way, do come and please bring your friends along too.
Margaret Jackson will be sending out your renewal reminders very shortly and although we will have no special reason for a marking any major events during the period after September 2011 to the end of June 2012, the arrivalUberHHH of the Sinaiski in the middle of September should ensure that
at least we polish off our celebrations for thirty glorious years of the Centro Cultural with aplomb.