See my review of the anniversary concert presented by the Friday Morning Music Club in today's Washington Post:
Charles T. Downey, Volunteer singers’ enthusiasm marks Friday Morning Music Club’s anniversary
Washington Post, September 26, 2011
The performance of music at the highest level is made possible by music devotees who are not professionals: the volunteer church choir singers and other amateurs who learn and perform music just because they love it. The oldest group of such lovers of music in Washington, the Friday Morning Music Club, will mark its 125th anniversary next month. The club celebrated Saturday afternoon with a concert in its new home, Calvary Baptist Church in Chinatown, itself celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding.
Mendelssohn, Elias, E. Ameling, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, W. Sawallisch
Formed by women who enjoyed performing music in one another’s homes, the FMMC now sponsors major competitions and events, among other projects, to support young people finding their way into music careers. The Festival of Hope, a musical memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, brought together volunteer musicians from FMMC and Calvary along with an honors choir of 25 high school singers. In sound, it was an endeavor distinguished more by the participants’ sincerity and enthusiasm than by musical refinement.
The Great Composers: Reviews and Bombardments, G. B. Shaw, ed. Louis Crompton