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Stanley Drucker Concert in Merrick, New York, 2010

Stanley Drucker Concert 2010

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 20, 2010

Last Saturday, world-famous clarinetist Stanley Drucker gave a concert presented by the Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association at Calhoun High School. Naomi Drucker, his wife and fellow clarinetist; and Marilyn Sherman Lehman, pianist, also performed, to the added delight of the audience.

MERRICK - NOV 13, 2010: Stanley Drucker, world famous Clarinetist formerly of New York Philharmonic for 60 years, performing during MBCCA concert (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

>Merrick, NY, USA. Nov. 13, 2010. Clarinetist Stanley Drucker, formerly of New York Philharmonic performing during concert presented by Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association. (© 2010 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

While dropping off concert flyers at the Drucker home the week before the concert, I told Mrs. Drucker I’d like to take photos during concert night. She looked up, smiling. “Since you’re a photographer,” she said, “you might enjoy our photos.”

What an understatement! And suddenly I was on a fun and moving tour of photos, posters, and other artwork throughout their home, including guest bathroom – all which helped bring to life the professional musical careers of the Drucker family: dad Stanley and mom Naomi, classical musicians; son Leon, double bassist Lee Rocker for The Stray Cats; and daughter Rosanne Drucker, alternative country singer.

Stanley Drucker, world famous clarinetist and former member of New York Philharmonic for 60 years, and Naomi Drucker, clarinetist and her wife, performing at MBCCA Concert, New York, November 13, 2010 (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. Clarinetist Stanley Drucker, and clarinetist Naomi Drucker his wife, and pianist Marilyn Sherman Lehman performing at MBCCA Concert. (© 2010 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Naomi Drucker is an enchanting wood sprite come to life, which made me look forward to the concert not only for the music, but for the chance to photograph such warm, charismatic Long Islanders.

MERRICK - NOV. 13: Marilyn Sherman, pianist, after performing with Stanley Drucker and Naomi Druciker in concert presented by Merrick-Bellmore Community Concert Association, November 13, 2010, in Merrick, NY, USA (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. November 13, 2010.  Pianist Marilyn Sherman performing during Stanley Drucker concert presented by Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Assoc.  (© 2010 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

It can be quite challenging to capture concert photos of instrumentalists, where about 95% of the photo is dark costumes, grand piano, and stage curtains and the rest is face, hands, and a tuxedo shirt that all seem to be about 9-light-stops away. I used my Nikon D200 with Nikkor 18-200mm zoom lens, and did my best – including 1600 ISO and exposure compensation – but it’s motivated me to seriously consider getting the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, so I can use my Nikon D700 for similarly extreme lighting situations in future.

MERRICK - NOV. 13: Stanley Drucker, clarinetist; with (R) wife Naomic Drucker, with bouquet of flowers during curtain call after performing in concert presented by Merrick-Bellmore Community Concert Association, November 13, 2010, in Merrick, NY, USA (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. November 13, 2010. Clarinetist Stanley Drucker with his wife clarinetist Naomi Drucker, during curtain call after performing in concert presented by Merrick-Bellmore Community Concert Assoc. (© 2010 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Though Mr. Drucker retired last year after a stellar 60 year career with the New York Philharmonic, he remains an active international performer.

When I think about how our Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association* was formed a few years after Mr. Drucker joined the NY Philharmonic, I’m in awe of his legendary career.

FYI from Long Island:  *MBCCA was founded in 1953 by Betty Mordoff Hendrix, my mother Mary Ann Parry, Leon Summit, and Bertha Winter.

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Merrick, NY, USA. Feb. 17, 2008. Red Priest Pirates of the Baroque. PIERS ADAMS recorder player. Howard Beach harpsichordist, ANGELA EAST cellist, DAVID GREENBERG violinist.

Red Priest: Pirates of the Baroque

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
February 23, 2008

I so enjoyed the RED PRIEST concert “Pirates of the Baroque” presented by the Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association, that I’ll open with a hearty “Arrrgg!”

Merrick, New York, USA. Feb. 17, 2008 . Red Priest, baroque music group with recorder player Piers Adams, cellist Angela East, harpsichord player Howard Beach, and violinist David Greenberg, performance presented by Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association MBCCA.

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Merrick, NY, USA. Feb. 17, 2008. Piers Adams of Red Priest practices playing recorder shortly before the baroque groups' concert presented by Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association MBCCA, at Calhoun H.S. (© 2008 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com

Merrick, NY, USA. Feb. 17, 2008. PIERS ADAMS of Red Priest practices playing recorder before the baroque groups’ concert presented by Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Assoc., at Calhoun H.S. (© 2008 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Mwrrick, NY, USA. Feb. 17, 2008. Red Priest (in pirate gear) and Board Members of MBCCA pose after concert: L-R, ARTHUR GOTTLIEB, RUTH SILVERMAN, BARRY SILVERMAN, BARBARA TURCHIN, recorder player PIERS ADAMS, cellist ANGELA EAST, violinist DAVID GREENBERG, harpsichord player HOWARD BEACH, at Calhoun High School.(© 2008 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com. (© 2008 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Merrick, NY, USA. Feb. 17, 2008. Red Priest (in pirate gear) and MBCCA Board Members pose after concert: L-R, ARTHUR GOTTLIEB, RUTH SILVERMAN, BARRY SILVERMAN, BARBARA TURCHIN, recorder player PIERS ADAMS, cellist ANGELA EAST, violinist DAVID GREENBERG, harpsichord player HOWARD BEACH, at Calhoun High School. (© 2008 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

  • FYI from Long Island:  1965 photo of MBCCA Board Members includes my mom, Mary Ann Parry – but no pirates:
Merrick or Bellmore, New York, USA. 1965. Members of MBCCA Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association, including 2 of the founders: Mary Ann Parry second from right, Leon Summit third from right. Bertha Winters also a founder.

1965 Board Members of MBCCA Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association. Two of the 4 founders: Mary Ann Parry 2nd from right, Leon Summit 3rd from right. Betty Mordoff Hendrix and Bertha Winter also founders. (1965 Creator: Ed Muller, CLICK for USAGE INFO)

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  • NOTE:  Above post is updated version of one from my former blog.