Sunday, July 24, 2011

JASSYL/JASNA Summer Concert on Sunday, August 7

The Jane Austen Singing School for Young Ladies (JASSYL) and the JASNA Syracuse Region will present a summer concert of music, readings, and dance in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, on Sunday, August 7, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Free will donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and go toward the continuing work of JASSYL.

As most of our members and many of our friends know by now, JASSYL was created in Fall 2009 by soprano Joanna Manring of Skaneateles as a historical performing experience for young women ages 12-18.  Dr. Manring, a graduate of Peabody Conservatory, aims to help young women develop self-esteem and public presence by learning healthy vocal technique and musicianship in a supportive environment. More information about the Singing School is available at its website.

The Young Ladies appearing in the summer program will be Emily Short (home-schooled in Marcellus), Imogen Olson (home-schooled in Skaneateles), Abbie McMahon (Fayetteville-Manlius Central Schools), and Christina Marshall, Phoebe Glowacki, Maria McLean, Maddie VanRiper, and Ellie Meyer (all of Skaneateles Central Schools).  They will be joined by these Young Gentlemen for the dancing: Kyle and Shawn Cherchio (Onondaga Community College), Jon Marshall and Christopher Hartnett (Skaneateles Central Schools), and Thomas Grande (Country Dancers of Rochester). The supporting musicians will include Anna Egert on piano and Caroline Manring on viola/violin.

As always, Dr. Manring has worked to select music that would have been familiar in Jane Austen’s world. The program also includes short readings from Austen’s letters and novels. And, as in last year's Christmas program, JASNA Syracuse Co-Coordinator Lisa Brown is teaching English country dancing to the Young Ladies and Gentlemen. JASNA Syracuse Regional Coordinator A. Marie Sprayberry will introduce the concert and give a reading.

So, now that “summer finery and summer engagements” (in Jane Austen’s own words) are upon us, we hope you’ll join us for a “summer engagement” in Skaneateles!

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