Old Guard Holds Annual Picnic Lunch
Performing musicians included the Chatham Brass and a soloist.
Members of the Millburn-Short Hills Old Guard were treated to some beautiful music at its last meeting of the year.
After the meeting, which featured music from brass instruments and solos by a soprano, the members adjourned to Taylor Park for the group's annual picnic.
The Chatham Brass went on stage for members and residents at 11 a.m. for a 30-minute set after the regular 10:30 a.m. business meeting for the fourth year in a row. The final meeting was held on June 28.
Following the Old Guard members' performance, Millburn resident, soprano Tamara Tsoutsouris sang with accompanist Mark Yolleck, of Montclair, on piano.
Their set was met with a standing ovation they performed Vissi D'Artefrom Puccini's Tosca, and Con te partirò, Time to Say Goodbye, by Francesco Sartori, who wrote the music, and Lucio Quarantotto, who wrote the lyrics.
Yolleck also accompanied the Old Guard members while singing at the end of their business meeting.
The Old Guard is describe itself as an organization that brings together business executives and professional men over 50 years of age who want make new friends, learn and have fun.
All retired men who are Millburn residents, former residents or residents of neighboring towns are invited to join weekly year-round meetings with stimulating programs, speakers and good fellowship. There are opportunities to join groups for golf, bridge, bowling and shuffleboard.
Tsoutsouris sang in the Summit Symphony's 2012 winter concert and will sing in the Metropolitan Ochestra of New Jersey's 2012 fall Dvořák concert. Mark Yolleck soloed in the Metropolitan Orchestra's 2011 and 2012 spring concerts.
The Chatham Brass playlist was: God Bless America (1918/1938), Charleston (1923), Bye Bye Blackbird (1926), Someone to Watch Over Me (1926), Baby Face (1926), Black Bottom (1926), The Varsity Drag (1927), I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover (1927), Ain't She Sweet (1927), Doin' the Raccoon (1928), National Emblem (1906) and Pennsylvania Polka (1942).