Usher in the new year with the gift that keeps on giving, Sunday Music! This free concert series happens once a month throughout the school year and there is no better time than now to enjoy one of the areas favorite ongoing music events!
This January, Carol Mathieson will mark her 42nd Annual New Year's performance with the Sunday Music Series (SMS). The program titled Carol Mathieson and Friends will join additional performers, professional musicians and educators from around the region to entertain you with solos, instrumental duets, trios, vocal ensembles and chamber music on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 pm in the Unitarian Church, 16th and Hampshire.
Mathieson, of Canton, Missouri, is known to the region for her involvement with Muddy River Opera Company, Quincy Civic Music Association and Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. She is Emeritus Professor of Music at Culver-Stockton College.
She and fellow colleague and friend, the late Leonora Suppan-Gehrich, performed the SMS New Year's concert together for many decades and would often entertain local audiences in other performance venues. Gehrich's gift of music is a cherished memory to Mathieson and the arts community.
As Mathieson recalls, it was quite an undertaking to perform those early concerts at the Unitarian Church in the 1970s. With a rented piano, volunteers and warm hearts, Mathieson and Gehrich made memorable recitals that SMS concert-goers looked forward to every year.
Mathieson reminisced how those early concerts took place right after New Year’s Day. “Many area musicians probably remember freezing fingers and frosty breath as we rehearsed without much benefit from the ancient and finicky furnace. We hoped against the possibility of blizzards...hopes that were not always fulfilled.”
Over the years the musical options expanded for SMS performers as the congregation acquired its own pianos and updated their heating system! Today, the church is one of the most beautiful settings in the area for chamber music.
Mathieson says, "The new year for Sunday Music will begin with professional-caliber musicians performing together in a tradition that stretches back decades. It still enlivens the present, even as it honors the past."