Senior Center hosts potluck and music |

Senior Center hosts potluck and music

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A potluck dinner followed by entertainment by violinist Diana Woodbury and cellist Suzanne Stone will take place Jan. 7 at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The potluck starts at 5:30 p.m.

The duo will perform a variety of music including “Sunrise/Sunset,” “Chances Are,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “The Rose,” “Misirlou,” “Road to Lis Doon Varna,” “Swallowtail Jig,” a selection from the Brandenburg Concerto by Bach, and Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”

Woodbury started playing violin at age 8. She studied with Zaven Melikian, the concert master of the San Francisco Symphony. She was the concert mistress of the Lowell High School Orchestra and later the Mills College Chamber Orchestra. She first played professionally with the San Francisco Children’s Opera Orchestra. Then, she put the violin aside for many years, while she danced professionally all over the world. She won three national belly dance competitions and performed during the 65th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Recently influenced by her close friend, Suzanne Stone, she picked up the violin again to play with Sierra Strings of Tahoe and Dream Spirit Baroque Band.

“I have always dreamed of having a group of my own to play world music,” Woodbury said. “Dream Spirit Baroque Band is my dream come true.”

Stone secretly admired the cello for many years before actually playing it. Instead, her musical career began at age 4 with the piano. Many years later, when a friend gave her a cello, she began to study seriously with Lawrence Granger of the San Francisco Symphony. Stone is a founding member of two local groups: Sierra Strings of Tahoe, a group that has performed in the Tahoe Basin for 17 years, and more recently, Dream Spirit Baroque Band. In 1962 she received a grant from Humboldt State University to participate in their well-known Chamber Music Workshop. She was a nominee for an “Eddie” award given by the El Dorado County Arts Council, recognizing her contributions to the community through music. For many years she has been accompanist for Lake Tahoe Community College recorder classes and more recently the Celtic music class.

“The cello has a wonderful range from a romantic tenor singing-voice quality to rhythm and bass possibilities,” Stone said.

Everyone who attends the potluck is asked to bring a favorite side dish of salad, vegetables or dessert for six to eight people. Turkey has been donated by Raley’s and Barbara Cooper will cook it for the attendees. Members of South Lake Tahoe Seniors Citizens Inc. attending the potluck meeting and entertainment can win a $25 door prize. Guests are welcome and everyone can win cash raffle prizes.

For more information call the senior center at (530) 542-6094.

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