UNION — The Union Music Club met Jan. 14 at the home of Sally Summers with Susan Lawson and Linda Goings as hostesses. Miss Summers, President, welcomed members to the meeting. The club recited the Invocation, Collect, and sang the Federation Hymn accompanied by Jack Kelly.
Tommy Bishop introduced the Song of the Month, “Give My Regards to Broadway,” words and music by Tin Pan Alley songwriter George M. Cohan, who published 300 original songs. He created and produced more than 50 musicals, plays, and revues on Broadway. His traditional curtain speech was: “My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you.”
Kathy Stepp gave the club a birds-eye view of the beginnings of what would eventually become the UMC. In 1914, nine women musicians met at the home of Mrs. W.T. Beaty and formed the Euterpean Music Club. This club later founded the Philharmonic Music Club. These two music clubs combined on May 21, 1942 into The Union Music Club. The Union Music Club is a member of the National and South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs.
Miss Summers presented a program about composer Richard Rogers’ music and his collaboration with Hart and with Hammerstein who wrote the words to his songs. Rogers and Hammerstein received many awards together. In 1998, they were cited to be among the top 20 most influential artists of the 20th century.
Club members performed songs by Rogers and Hammerstein. Amy Bruce sang “Getting To Know You” (The King and I), Kathleen Read played a piano solo “Climb Every Mountain” (Sound Of Music), Johnny Turner sand “Some Enchanted Evening” (South Pacific), and Kathy Stepp sang “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” (Oklahoma).
Sally Summers sang a Rogers and Hart song “Blue Moon,” and Leigha Pace sang a medley of songs by Rogers and Hart, “Where or When,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” and “My Funny Valentine.”
The meeting adjourned after the singing of “The Gift of Song” by Lana M. Bailey.