December 26, 2013
UNION — The Union Music Club met Nov. 12 in the Union County Museum meeting room with Tommy Bishop and Sally Summers hosting the meeting.
Sally Summers, President, welcomed everyone to the meeting. The club recited the Invocation, Collect, and sang the Federation Hymn accompanied by Carolyn Turner.
Tommy Bishop introduced and played for the singing of the Song of the Month, “O God Beneath Thy Guiding Hand.” An authentic 1833 Thanksgiving hymn, directed to God with thanks for protecting our exiled founding fathers on their journey to this land. Rev. Leonard Bacon, who wrote the words of this hymn, served as Pastor at the Centre Church in New Haven and as an appointed Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School. Little is known about the composer, John Hatton of Lancaster, England. Rev. Bacon’s words and the rich hymn tune create a solemn Thanksgiving prayer.
Mr. Bishop introduced the Union County High School Orchestra, and John Kvasnicka, director of the Union County School District String program. The orchestra played a variety of pieces, “March” from Flavius by G.F. Handel, “Minuet and Trio” by Ludwig Van Beethoven, “Rondeau” from The Faery Queen by Henry Purcell, “Slovakian Folk Song” from For Children by Bela Bartok, and Symphony #94 in G,”Surprise” by Franz Haydn.
Amy Bruce sang, as she played her autoharp, “Santa Lucia,” a Neapolitan Boat Song, and “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You,” words and music by Meredith Wilson.
The meeting adjourned after the singing of “The Gift of Song” by Lana M. Bailey.