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This issue's musician of note is one of our stellar violinisst/fiddlers -- Elke Baker. As with many of the musicians we are graced with on Sunday afternoons, Elke has had a long and varied career in music. We're very fortunate to have her!
Elke is a local girl, having grown up so close she remembers riding the Dentzel Carousel as a child. She played classical violin and viola when"younger," but her professional career has focused on folk music of many genres, especially dance music. She has played for Waltz Time dances since the series first started in 1995 and has been a regular with Olde Vienna for many years at the annual Viennese Strauss Ball.
Her main expertise is Scottish fiddle. Let me count the ways: U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion in 1995; teacher for 23 years and currently Music Director of the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club; organizer of the fiddle program at the Ohio Scottish Arts School at Oberlin; teaching at the Washington Conservatory of Music; and performing in concerts and at dances in North America, Japan, West Africa and Scotland itself!
She loves the varied repertoires of the groups she plays with for Waltz Time -- French muzettes with Trio Con Brio, contemporary with Sugar Beat, Celtic with Terpsichore, the big band of Blue Bamboo and Strauss styles with Olde Vienna. Elke has recorded on five solo and small ensemble albums (most recently Out of the Wood) and is even working on a book. Now living in mid-Maryland with her husband and three children, when she's not playing fiddle, she enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, reading and writing! Sounds like a full life to me.
The 33rd Annual Viennese Strauss Ball
An Evening with Strauss
Save this date: Waltz Time
will present the 33rd Annual Viennese Strauss Ball, Saturday, April 30
. This benefit event is always a highlight of the spring season, giving dancers a chance to strut their stuff in elegant attire while supporting Glen Echo Park
The classical ensemble will feature OLDE VIENNA with Alexander Mitchell, Chelle Fulk, Barbara Heitz, Dave Wiesler, and Ralph Gordon. They will play a program of Viennese waltzes of varying tempos, with a sprinkling of other couples dances, including polka, schottische and tango. An introductory Viennese Waltz lesson at 8 pm is followed by dancing until midnight in the Spanish Ballroom. A Grand March, dance cards, refreshments, and Carousel rides ($1.25/person) complete a perfect evening! $20/person - all tickets sold at the door.
Photo by Candace Clifford
Get Ready for the Strauss Ball: Viennese Waltz Classes
You are welcome to dance any waltz style you prefer at the Strauss Ball
on Saturday evening, April 30, but you may want to learn the Viennese waltz for variety and a new dance challenge! The popularity of the Viennese waltz is world-wide, and it is the dance from which all ballroom dances evolved. Instructor Mike Marcotte is offering a 4-week Viennese Waltz class on Thursday nights in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park. The 1-hour classes run from April 7 - April 28, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. To register visit Glen Echo Park Classes
or email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Upcoming Sunday Afternoon Waltzes in 2016
Sunday Afternoon Waltzes begin with an introductory waltz lesson from 2:45 - 3:30 pm, followed by dancing to live music until 6 pm. Cost is $10, including the lesson. Dances are held in the Spanish Ballroom unless otherwise noted. Visit WALTZ TIME'S WEBSITE
for the complete 2016 schedule.
March 6: BLUE BAMBOO with Barbara Heitz (flute), Elke Baker (fiddle), John Devine (guitar), Marc Glickman (piano), Ralph Gordon (bass)
March 20: RHAPSODY with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle, mandolin), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar), Ralph Gordon (bass)
April 3: DEVINE COMEDY with Marty Taylor (winds, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), John Devine (guitar, vocals), Ralph Gordon (bass)
April 17: ROSINANCE with David Knight, Dave Wiesler, Josh Burdick
All events are held at the Spanish Ballroom (or Bumper Car Pavilion where noted), Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD and sponsored in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc., the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.