October 2018

#SOchats with Naomi  
Hello and welcome to our October SOchats.  I’m Naomi Chaitkin Nimmo, the Executive Director.  We started this monthly chat room so we can answer your questions and talk about the orchestra and the response has been great!  Please keep the comments and questions coming. Thanks.
Q:  Is there still time to get tickets to “Let’s Go to the Hop?”
A:Absolutely. Our wonderful Friends of the Summerville Orchestra is presenting a night of food and dancing: Friday, October 12, 2018, from 6-10 PM, at Summerville Country Club. Don your 50s or 60s outfits and join the fun. There will be silent and live auctions, good food, music from DJ Wendell Nolan and Wojciech and Friends. The tickets are only $30.00 per person and can be purchased on our website, www.SummervilleOrchestra.org
Q:  Who won the Orchestra’s Concerto Competition?
A: Every year we hold auditions for our musicians to compete in a Concerto Competition. (A concerto is a piece of music written for solo instrument and orchestra.) This year the judges couldn’t decide between two finalists and so they chose both! On our November concert, “Made in America,” the concertos will be played by Emilee Johnson, harp, and Bill Miller, euphonium. Can’t wait to hear them!
Q: Any update on your Christmas concert?
A: The orchestra will repeat last season’s #SOfestive, an evening of mini-concerts by ensembles from our orchestra. These are free and no tickets are required. The locations (most likely 6 of them) and who’s playing where will be announced soon. It’s all on December 21.
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Joke of the Month 
Interviews with the Musicians
Betty Settle
2nd Violin
Where are you from?
I was born in Washington, DC, but was reared in Arlington, Virginia.
Tell us about your family.
My dad was a postal employee and my mother was a stay-at-home mom. I had one younger brother. I met my husband, Jim, in college. We married after we graduated and had four children: Todd, Tim, Ross, and Paige.
Education and previous careers:
I am a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC. I actually had two careers. Over a 23-year period I got in 15 years as a claims representative with the Social Security Administration (I was in and out of the work force having babies). Then I had an opportunity to go into business for myself as a sales representative for New York Life Insurance Co. I specialized in retirement planning and retired, myself, after 20 years there.
What is your day job?
I have been retired for over 15 years. Love it!
What position do you hold with the Summerville Orchestra and what other activities do you do with the orchestra?
I am currently serving as the vice-president of the orchestra. I am responsible for maintaining the roster of the musicians and keeping attendance. I like to do it because it helps me to learn the names of all the musicians. I play in the 2ndViolin section of the orchestra.
Why did you choose your instrument?
Strings were taught in the 5th grade at my elementary school. I think I chose the violin because my best friend wanted to play violin and I had to do everything she did. Also, both of us were taking piano lessons.
What do you like best about SO?
I am thrilled we have such a diverse group of musicians: male, female, young, old, and several different ethnicities. We learn a lot from each other.
If you could play any other instrument, which one would it be?
I think I would choose the cello. I think it has a beautiful sound.
Besides music what are your favorite things to do?
I love to spend time with my husband, children, grandchildren, and now I have a great-grandson! We love to share meals together. I also love to entertain friends in our home, which is now a small apartment at the Village at Summerville. We moved here recently after being in our home in Summerville for 50 years! Life is good!
Guest Spotlight
By Shirley McGreal
I love our Summerville Orchestra! But my musical interests range far and wide! I always attend “The Met; Live in HD” operas shown in Cinema 9 at the Azalea Square 16 movie house in Summerville. Unfortunately there are usually less than a dozen people present at these amazing Met productions, including me and orchestra violinist Michele Stevens!
I encourage people to support these amazing productions and fear we may lose them forever if our community does not give them better support.
Operas are usually presented at 12.55 on Saturday afternoons and repeated on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 p.m. Check the web site at https://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas/ for a list of this season’s productions that includes synopses and casts. The intermissions are always full of interviewers with singers, costume designers, stage managers, and others involved in the productions.
The 2018-2019 season starts on 6 October with Verdi’s dramatic Aida, with its famous Grand March. There is a repeat on Wednesday 10 October. On 20 October we will see Samson and Dalila” by Saint-Saens and on 27 October, we will see Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West.”
Other favorite operas this season will include Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Bizet’s “Carmen” and Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” Towards the end of the season we will see Wagner’s “Die Walkure” with its famous “Ride of the Walkyries.”
Many of opera’s most famous stars will be singing, including Roberto Alagna, Elena Garanca, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Juan-Diego Florez, Pretty Yende and, last but not least, Christine Goerke, who takes on the formidable role of Brunnhilde.
You can buy tickets on-line at https://www.fathomevents.com/theater/azalea-square-stadium-16-224 or from the movie box office.