By Carol Mathieson
Sunday Music Series January Program Chair
For over 40 years, soprano Carol Mathieson and pianist Leonora Suppan-Gehrich opened the New Year for the Quincy Sunday Music Series with a concert of songs and chamber music in recital format called Carol Mathieson and Friends.
With the passing of Suppan-Gehrich, Mathieson continues to call together local musicians of professional caliber to sing in the new season. Quincy Sunday Music Series’ opening concert for 2018 celebrates the artistry of 13 such Friends who also draw the best from each new generation of young performers and patrons of the art with inspired teaching. The public is welcome to their program subtitled Spotlight on the Teachers of Music on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 pm in the Quincy Unitarian Church at 16 and Hampshire Streets.
Pianist Dylan Marney, who enjoyed collaborating with Suppan-Gehrich in recent January concerts, will accompany Mathieson and many of this year’s Friends, who include singers Scotty Allison, Lisa Blake, Karen Hetzler, Paul Shelor, Steven Soebbing, and Amy Stollberg as well as violinists John Basinger and Jane Polett, organist Rhonda Basinger, saxophonist Trent Hollinger, and trombonist Thomas Polett.
Witty songs of cats and beasts, sound sketches of mythic beings, Mozart opera both passionate and clever, love songs from Lieder and Scripture…a rich program performed by teacher-performers representing Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College, Quincy University, Trinity United Church of Christ, and private studio instructors.
Admission to the concert is free, but the Sunday Music Series welcomes donations to its mission of providing chamber music that features local professional musicians to the community for over 75 years.
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