Thursday, April 17, 2014

SPRING CONCERT, 1955 - SANDERSVILLE, GEORGIA

MIRIAM COOK WALL AND NEWSOM SUMMERLIN, JR.
(click on the picture to enlarge)

In the spring of 1955, I think it was April, my mother and Newsom Summerlin, Jr. presented a duo-piano recital at the Auditorium of Sandersville High School.

They played Buxtehude, Rachmaninov and Gershwin - and Mama changed dresses for each section of the concert!  The dress in this picture was by Ceil Chapman.  For the Rhapsody in Blue she wore a floor-length chiffon dress which her friends studded with hundreds of blue sequins.  Could it be more 50's?  I ask you?

Regretfully, there are no recordings of either of them playing.  Newsom had studied piano with Mama when he was a teenager.  They are both gone now.  I wonder if they're concertizing in heaven.  There's some good music going on if they are!


1 comment:

NeenahPaper said...

You did not get any of your fashion sense from your mom. Pity. She was most stylish.