Friday, July 13, 2012

JASSYL Concert Update and Rehearsal Photos

As announced in our third June 30 post, the Jane Austen Singing School for Young Ladies (JASSYL), with assistance from JASNA Syracuse, will present a summer concert of music, readings, and dance in the Dobson Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. The concert is open to the public.  Admission is free, but free will donations to support the continuing work of JASSYL are accepted.

Alas, one correction to the earlier post is necessary:  Due to various conflicts in various busy Young Gentlemen’s schedules, no Young Gentlemen will be participating in the dancing this year.  Although this does seem a bit as if the militia has left Meryton, our Young Ladies--unlike the sillier lasses of Meryton--are “still able to eat, drink, and sleep, and pursue the usual course of their employments.”  Certainly they are not “drooping apace” in these lively rehearsal photos!

The Young Ladies appearing in the summer program will include the Misses Chloe Strang, Imogen Olson, Julia Hearn, Maddie VanRiper, and Maria McLean (all JASSYL “veterans”), and the Misses Mary Lambdin, Allison Lambdin, Carolina Toledo, Meg Lovier, and Aggie Woodbury (first-time participants).  The accompanists will be Mr. Jimmy Dransack, violin; Ms. Sophie Hearn, flute; and Mrs. Claire Howard, piano.  Ms. Susanne Marshall and Miss Christina Marshall will act as sewing mistresses to the Young Ladies.  

As it was last year, English country dancing is being taught to the Young Ladies by the Co-Coordinator of JASNA Syracuse and JASNA Rochester, Miss Lisa Brown.  (Miss Brown also took the photos that appear here.)  And JASNA Syracuse Regional Coordinator Ms. A. Marie Sprayberry has helped to select the readings and will introduce the concert.

So we hope you’ll join us in Skaneateles on the 22nd for an afternoon of Regency entertainment, in the spirit of “health, good humour, and cheerfulness” that always pervades a performance by JASSYL!

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