The Language Club of Westchester

"Recognition and recall of a language depend on proficiency, exposure and practice."

Davenport Club, New Rochelle

Barbara and Art Burnap

Marguerite Bloom, Helen Tang, Jacqueline Rosay, Bill Kaung, Rose Tan Kaung, Greta Inowlocki, Barbara Burnap, Kemisis Jorquera

Manuela Cervera, Michel Villeminot and Janine Simon

Bob Geier and Eugene Park

Ursula Schmeisser, Trudy Albrecht, Lothar Simon, Helga Calvo, Ursula Meyer

Let's dance the hora!

Nearly 80 members and guests attended The Language Club of Westchester's 25th Anniversary Gala at the elegant Davenport Club in New Rochelle on Long Island Sound. Greta Inowlocki welcomed everyone and thanked her colleagues on the Board of Directors for their splendid work in organizing this event: Barbara Burnap, Ruben Gruenewald, Melanie Lauer, Marlene London, Joan Mizrahi, Alex Perlov, and Marion Rosley. She also welcomed our special guests from France: Manuela Cervera, head of the Club Polyglotte de Dijon, and her husband, Michel Villeminot. We were thrilled that they came from so far to join us for this very special evening!

Alex Perlov (who sits at the club's Spanish table) served as Master of Ceremonies and keyboardist. To open the entertainment portion of the evening, Art Burnap and Henriette Brooks joined him for a cheerful rendition of "Willkommen!" from Cabaret. Alex is a composer and arranger, pianist, organist, choir director, and music educator. A graduate of Duke University, he attended Juilliard and studied with Aaron Copland and the late Leonard Bernstein. His compositions include three musicals and a mass.

Alex read aloud a delightful congratulatory letter to the club from its founder, Barry Farber, who was unable to attend due to an Internet radio engagement.

Polyglot Art Burnap, who enjoys combining language and music, sang in Japanese, Spanish, and Russian. A Language Club member since 1991, Art has been singing in area choral groups in recent years. He studied voice in college and tuba as a teen at the Hartford Conservatory of Music. While doing anthropological linguistic fieldwork in Japan, Art sang with a local band and even joined a Chinese poetry-chanting club! Recently retired, for many years he taught East Asian studies, Japanese, ESL, Spanish, French, and German, and also was employed for some years by a Japanese business. Belgian-born Henriette Brooks (French and Spanish tables) sang in French.

Our professional entertainers for the evening were long-time friends Bob Geier at the keyboard and Eugene Park on the electronic violin. Bob currently has 60 piano students ranging in age from 5 to senior citizen, as well as about 90 pre-K students. While continuing to study piano, teach, and perform, he is studying for a master's degree in teaching high school math.

Eugene Park began studying violin at the age of three and entered the Juilliard School Pre-College at age eight with a full scholarship. A graduate of Juilliard with a double major in violin and viola and won various competitions, e.g. as the Juilliard, Aspen Music School, and ISO, in both instruments.

At age 15 Eugene met Bob Geier and started to also play popular music, eventually becoming proficient in a variety of styles, which he integrated with his formidable classical technique. He expanded his music career in Korea and performed at the inauguration of President Kim Dae Jung.

There was a lot of dancing, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening. By all accounts, this celebration was a big success! Home