Winners of Outstanding Young Musician Title Will Be Featured
The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will take their audience on a thrilling dramatic adventure during their “Legends & Lore,” concert on Sunday, Feb. 10. Listen closely and you’ll hear the heroic adventures and eternal spirit that fill this legendary music including Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and “Khachaturian’s “Spartacus Suite.”
This concert continues the QSO’s long-established tradition by featuring the winners of the 2018-19 Young Artist Competition: Richard Engel, Sydney Weiler and Meredith Spradlin. In its 64th year, the Young Artists contest provides outstanding high school musicians the opportunity to perform as a concert soloist accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Such a performance can be a springboard for a young person to choose a lifelong commitment to the arts. Both the orchestra and soloists are under the baton of Music Director Bruce Briney.
Mr. Engel, a senior at Macomb High School, will perform the third movement of “Piano Concerto in A Minor” by Edvard Grieg.
Miss Spradlin, a homeschooled junior, will perform the first movement of “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major,” by Wolfgang Mozart.
Miss Weiler, a senior at Fort Madison High School, will perform “Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major,” by Wolfgang Mozart.
The Quincy Area Youth Orchestra will join the QSO for their performance of the “Colas Breugnon Overture.” QAYO Conductor Dr. Rich Cangro will direct the joint orchestras for this rousing music.
“Legends & Lore” will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Quincy Junior High School. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors available in advance or at the door or in advance at Quincy County Market, Hy-Vee and Sturhahn Jewelers. Children 18 and under are admitted free to all concerts and are encouraged to attend.
Good things come in a red bag thanks to Home Delivery Services, a free program at Quincy Public Library! The program brings materials to Quincy residents who are homebound due to physical limitations or illness.
“Home Delivery is a very personal service,” explained Jennifer Burkett, Collection and Delivery Service Specialist. “People feel they are getting a visit from a friend. They’re excited to receive new books, movies, music or magazines to enjoy.”
Each month, QPL delivers about 3,000 items to more than 200 grateful patrons.
“Providing library materials to homebound patrons helps them stay connected to the community,” said Bobbi Mock, QPL’s Manager of Circulation and Delivery Service. “Having these resources delivered to them allows them to stay engaged through the enjoyment of library materials. It allows them to keep as active as possible.”
Senior citizens who read often enjoy much more than just a good story. Studies show many benefits of reading, from reducing stress and enhancing sleep to improving memory circuits and sharpening decision-making.
Home Delivery Services are available to any patron who is unable to visit the library, either long term or for a shorter time frame due to a setback in health or mobility. Eligible participants are able to share their tastes in books, movies and music with library staff who then select materials to match these preferences to create a customized package for the reader.
Additional services may be available for patrons with visual or physical disabilities, including Newsline, Talking Books or Radio Information Services.
Would you or someone you know benefit from this program? Learn more by calling Val at 217-223-1309, ext. 217 or visit quincylibrary.org.
QPL Provides Convenient Access to Materials Through Hold Lockers
Too busy to come to Quincy Public Library? No worries, QPL has many handy ways for you to get the material you enjoy in a location that is convenient for you! The library has hold lockers located at the entrance of Iles School, the entrance of Lincoln-Douglas School, inside the café at County Market at 48th and Broadway and next to QPL’s front door. Materials can be collected from any of the lockers, any time of the day or night!
“The goal of the program is to be a bigger part of the community,” says Ruth Cuthbertson, Marketing and Events Librarian. “We are committed to connecting the public to the library wherever they are.”
There are two ways to arrange locker delivery. You can select your material through the library catalog at quincylibrary.org, click on “Place Hold.” This opens a dialogue box to enter your preferred pickup location. Alternativly, call the friendly library staff at 217-223-1309 to request your material and your preferred locker pick up location.
Thousands of items are available to current QPL card holders at any location with digital material from QPL. Choose books, magazines, movies, music, TV shows, graphic novels or audiobooks from home or any other location. Items are available to be streamed or temporarily downloaded for offline use.
To see a complete list of Quincy Public Library services and programs, including digital offerings, visit quincylibrary.org.
Quincy Community Theatre celebrated volunteer achievements of the 2018 Season on Saturday, Jan. 19 with its annual QUILTA Ceremony at ONE: Special Event Venue.
Hosted by Dan Conboy and featuring entertainment from the past and upcoming year, the ceremony recognized 24 individuals and businesses for their contributions to the theatre in 2018.
Photo courtesy of Randy Wolfmeyer. Pictured are: (Front row, l-r) Cindy Crist, Ruth Kummerow, Caleigh Twaddle, Kelsey Pigg, (Second row, l-r) Doris A. Malacarne, Bill Stalder, Crystal Perry, Helen Seaman, (Third row, l-r) Carol Rankin, Natalie Clark, Lexi Mero, Rajah Maples on behalf of KHQA, Dan Conboy, (Back row, l-r) James Riley, Chris Keller, Drew Quintero, and Aaron Speckhart.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the organization’s highest honor, the Enid Ireland Award, to long-time volunteer Bill Stalder. Stalder’s contributions to the theatre over the years include volunteering his time and talents as an actor, board member, usher, ticket scanner, and loyal QCT supporter. The Enid Ireland Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication and service to the creation, organization, or continuation of Quincy Community Theatre.
The Paul Denckla Technical Director’s award, honoring individuals who exemplify Denckla’s commitment to the technical aspects of the theatre, was presented to Jeanette Brickman and Carol Rankin. Throughout the year, Brickman and Rankin volunteered hundreds of hours in the Costume Department while sewing, altering, and building costumes for every production of the 2018 Season.
The Front of House Award was presented to Cindy Crist for her countless hours of volunteer work while assisting with ushering, season ticket sales, Box Office sales, data entry, Will Call ticket distribution, scanning tickets, student matinee performances, audition check-in, as well as various tasks backstage. Every department directly benefitted from Crist’s impressive contributions throughout the season.
Reagan Costigan, QCT’s Executive Director, presented the Executive Director’s Award to KHQA. A long-time Media Sponsor of the theatre, KHQA provided valuable airtime to the theatre and acted as an avid promoter for all QCT events. This support exemplifies the value KHQA places on the arts in Quincy—a support that is sincerely appreciated by QCT’s volunteers, the board of directors, and staff.
Brandon Thomsen, QCT’s Artistic Director, presented the Artistic Director’s Award to Dan Conboy for his commitment to the financial support of artistic excellence and for his volunteer efforts as an actor and stage manager.
Performance awards, voted upon by QCT’s audiences, were presented to 10 individuals. Winners for an outstanding performance in a play were:
· Luke Lawson, for IS HE DEAD?
· Kelsey Pigg, for IS HE DEAD?
· Jennifer Shostak-Fray, for GOOD PEOPLE
· Doris A. Malacarne, for GOOD PEOPLE
· James Riley, for GOOD PEOPLE
Winners for an outstanding performance in a musical were:
· Aaron Speckhart, for BIG FISH
· Julie Ginos, for MAMMA MIA!
· Madison Palmer, for MAMMA MIA!
· Crystal Perry, for MAMMA MIA!
· Drew Quintero, for ELF: THE MUSICAL
The Ghost Light Award was presented to Chris Keller, Ruth Kummerow, and James Riley. The Ghost Light Award, nominated by cast and crew, is given to those who demonstrate effort that goes above and beyond cast or crew expectations, a willingness to help others for the success of the entire show, and ingenuity in problem-solving.
Also presented were The Burning Flame Awards, given to Helen Seaman (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES), Lexi Mero (ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY”), Kayla Hinton (IMPRESSIONS OF YESTERDAY), and Caleigh Twaddle (THE WITCHES) for outstanding effort and leadership in a student production. The highest honor given to a student theatre participant, the “Rosie” Award, was presented to Natalie Clark—a high school student who displayed the dedication and volunteer services exemplified by the late Rose Lacquement, a long-time QCT volunteer.
The 2018 QUILTA Ceremony was sponsored by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling. Photos of the 2018 Season are provided courtesy of Chet Coonrod of Coonrod Photography.
QCT is always looking for volunteers to work in the costume department, technical department, box office, and for shows as ushers and ticket scanners. Individuals interested in volunteering or auditioning for the 2019 Season can contact the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209, check online at 1qct.org, or email email@example.com.
About Quincy Community Theatre
Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) is a major theatrical resource for the Tri-State area, offering five major productions, three student productions, various touring performances, and a variety of workshops and classes each year. Showcasing local performers from the entire Tri-State Region since 1923, QCT uses the combined talents and resources of the community to celebrate, promote, and perform the dramatic arts in its first-rate facility. Quincy Community Theatre is a member of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts, the Illinois Theatre Association, the American Association of Community Theatre, and Arts Alliance Illinois. QCT programming is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The 2019 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver. QCT’s 2019 Media Sponsors are STARadio, Spectrum Reach, WGEM, Herald-Whig, and KHQA. For information about upcoming shows and classes or to purchase tickets, please visit www.1qct.org or call the Box Office at 217.222.3209.
The Quincy Sunday Music Series’ New Year opens on January 27 at 4 pm at the Quincy Unitarian Church with its beloved "Dr. Carol Mathieson and Friends" pastiche mixing some very non-traditional music with Sunday Music’s usual blend of classics and favorites.
This year’s blend showcases the artistry of colleagues from Culver-Stockton College ranging in style from baroque trumpet brilliance through suave Brazilian saxophone exoticism and refined French chanson to newly composed film scoring that features interaction between the synthesized orchestral palette and soaring solo violin. The film score was inspired by field work which composer Joseph Skertich and his introductory class did as part of the new music technology program which he and the Sunday Music concert’s pianist Dylan Marney developed for C-SC.
Sunday Music Series offers professional quality chamber music to the greater community free of charge. For further information, contact Dr. Mathieson at 573-288-6435.
Husband and Wife Live A Life of Music
Quincy Concert Band would like to introduce you to two of its musicians, Christina and Jeff Duffy! They are husband and wife as well as local music teachers. Here is a Q & A, submitted by Susan Deege.
How did you meet?
Christina remembers that “I bumped his chair coming into marching band rehearsal at Truman State University. From that point forward, I couldn’t get my mind off of him!”
Jeff recounts that she caught his attention by showing up late for rehearsal. “I fell for her hard. We went on our first date to swing dance lessons two weeks later.”
This talented young couple can play most instruments. Christina’s primary instrument is euphonium, and Jeff’s is trombone. They are first chairs in these sections in Quincy Concert Band.
What would you tell parents about the value of music education?
“In my classes, I am not just teaching music. I am teaching life skills that include perseverance, team-building and problem solving skills that transfer to anything my students choose to do in life," says Christina.
“Music education creates another kind of family for the students and teaches them how to interact and be a successful part of a group,” explains Jeff.
What is the best part of your job?
“I love that I get to inspire young students to pursue music. Beginner students are so excited to learn their instruments, and I get to build that student-teacher relationship over the next six years.”
Christina notes that, “getting to know my students on a personal level and helping them grow as young adults, not only as musicians,” is a job highlight.
What is the best advice you ever got from a teacher or mentor?
“Reach for the moon! The worst thing that happens is that you will land on among the stars.”
“I learned through the examples and goals that teachers and mentors set for me. They instilled me to be the best I can be.”
What is your best musical experience?
The couple shared their enthusiasm about being involved with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Jeff said he loves traveling the country and performing in front of thousands of fans with 150 of my best friends!
Christina recalls, “In January 2017, I performed with the Bluecoats in the World’s Largest Chinese New Year Celebration in Hong Kong. The venues were amazing and we got to know musicians from Hong Kong who are also passionate about music.”
Christina’s hometown is Round Lake Heights, IL, and Jeff is from Quincy. She notes that they are happily living in Quincy, her husband’s home town, and in an area that gives them both the opportunity to do they work they love.
Learn how you can be a part of Quincy Concert Band when you visit their webpate at quincyconcertband.org.
It happens every year, you find yourself stuck on what to get "that person." You know, the one who already has everything? Or maybe it's someone who is working on downsizing. This year consider giving experience gifts. Not only are they naturally clutter-free but they create memories the recipient will cherish for years to come.
It's time to think outside the gift box and look into the gift of experience. Giving someone the opportunity to enjoy something they love, has always wanted to do or just plain deserves is personalized and thoughtful, and the appreciation for this type of gift lasts long beyond the holidays. Bonus! Experiences make great last-minute gifts since you can almost always buy them online. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for experiences that are sure to bring some yuletide cheer to the recipient!
Perfect for those that love to try a variety of new things. The recipient can choose the class or workshop they want to take and could include anything from painting and acting to music lessons and philosophy.
Memberships to Local Attractions
Families with young children are often looking for inexpensive and memorable ways to have fun. By getting a membership to a museum or other facilities, families can benefit from free admission and earn discounts to use towards additional events or special offers.
Couples can go out on a date night when you purchase tickets to their favorite shows including live theatre, symphony or opera tickets. Season tickets often give a deep discount over individual ticket prices, and it's the gift that keeps on giving!
Be sure to check out our list of 55 local nonprofit arts and culture organizations that offer special gifts and memberships for gift giving this holiday season.
Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, guest costume designer Tania Ballve brings her passion for fashion to the Quincy Community Theatre stage this holiday season!
While working on The Witches and Elf: The Musical, Tania shared her background and process for building unforgettable costumes.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a costume designer from Barcelona, Spain. I moved to Indiana two years ago with my husband, who is a biologist from Sweden. I love art, theatre, reading historical novels and Netflix.
How did you get started in costume designing?
I studied Fashion Design and, after seven years working as a wardrobe stylist for the fashion and film industry, I decided I wanted to design costumes where I could be very creative and change the story in every project.
How did the partnership with Quincy Community Theatre come to be?
QCT was looking for a guest costume designer and I got really interested in the theatre and the community, so I decided to apply for it.
How would you describe your style? My background in fashion usually shows on my creations. I’d describe it as contemporary and eclectic.
Can you share insights into your design process?
I read the script, analyze the characters, research the period and styles, design outfits, look and pull from different costume sources, build costumes, do fittings with actors and work a lot to make them look great!
Which designers inspire you?
Eiko Ishioka, Vivienne Westwood, Leon Bakst, Maria Björnson, Christian Lacroix, but these are only some of them.
Do you have a dream show?
I’d love to design Carmen (Bizet) because it’s one of my favorite operas.
What do a musician, painter, educator and history buff all have in common? An appreciation for the finer things! If your friends and family members are passionate for the visual arts, music, humanities, literary and performing arts, they’ll appreciate a unique gift that suits their interests and hobbies this holiday season!
Here is Arts Quincy’s Top 5 Christmas
Fine Arts & Culture Gifts for 2018
1. Season Tickets
Season Ticket holders are some of the many people who make each performance great at Quincy Community Theatre, Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association and Quincy Civic Music Association! What gift recipient wouldn’t love a season pass to one of their favorite performance organizations? Not able to purchase the entire season pass? Individual tickets are available that can be used on date nights or special occasions for a reasonable price tag!
You are never too old to learn something new! How great would it be to sculpt an item from clay? Or become a master-woodworker? Many organizations offer educational classes that fit into even the busiest of schedules! Quincy Art Center, local colleges and studios continually offer special interest courses or seminars for a low-to-no cost! Additional discounts and scholarships may be available for those who qualify.
3. Gift Shops
Want to give a physical, gift wrapped present? Quincy Museum, Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Museum and Quincy Brewery & Arts offer books, ornaments, magnets, apparel and more in their gift shops! Did you know that many of Quincy’s small businesses support individual artists by selling their handmade products like artwork, furniture, clothing and more? Visit Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce’s website for a list of these entrepreneurs!
Why not support your favorite nonprofit club or alliance by gifting your loved ones a membership to the organization? Becoming a member to organizations offers various benefits and sometimes perks including discounts, entrance to special events or even a free bottle of wine! Quincy Woodworkers Guild, Great River Watercolor Society, Quincy Preserves or the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County all welcome new members and the dues are used to further each organization’s mission as well as provide exclusive opportunities for members. Click here for a full list of Arts Quincy's Partner Organizations.
5. Memorial Donations
Honor a friend or relative by donating to a special cause or organization in their name. Now through Dec. 31, when you become a member of Arts Quincy, you will receive a free family membership ($50 value!) to share with another family who loves the arts! Did you know that Arts Quincy works to foster, strengthen and expand the arts throughout Adams County? As a member, you are making an impact to groups, individuals, classrooms and more! Arts Quincy is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and reports show that 85 cents of every dollar Arts Quincy receives is put right back into the community! Learn how you can contribute by visiting artsquincy.org/supportus.
By gifting the arts this holiday season, you are giving a truly unique gift that will be enjoyed in 2019 and beyond while supporting a local nonprofit that relies on funds from its community to survive! See a comprehensive listing of Arts Quincy’s nonprofit partner arts organizations and what they have to offer by clicking here. Watch a video that tells you about everything Arts Quincy is, click here.
Quincy Public Library’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Helsabeck to fill the position of Executive Director.
Helsabeck began her duties October 15. A reception to welcome her will be held Tuesday, October 23, at 5 pm at QPL. The public is invited.
“We are excited for the future of the library under Kathleen’s leadership,” said QPL Board President Lynn Niewohner. “We have one of the best libraries in the state of Illinois and would like to continue the innovative and exciting services and programs available for our community, allowing for QPL’s growth as an essential community center with resources for all ages.”
Helsabeck holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Culver-Stockton College. She previously worked for Vatterott College for nine years, first as the librarian, and then as the director of education, managing the academic programs, staff, and students.
She was raised in Canton, Missouri, and lives in Quincy with her husband and two young children.
“I am humbled and honored to be given this opportunity,” said Helsabeck. “My goals are to maintain the integrity of QPL services and to understand the needs of the community in order to provide relevant programs providing vital support for children and adults. I want to build connections between the library and our community members.”
For more information, call Quincy Public Library at 217-223-1309 or visit quincylibrary.org.
The mission of the Quincy Public Library is to provide its patrons with materials, facilities and programs to meet lifelong learning, cultural and recreational needs.
The Art Center and UnityPoint Hospice present Moments That Matter, a touching exhibit that will be on display at Quincy Medical Group from October 10–December 4. This exhibit will feature photography by Joselyn Rae, of Joselyn Rae Photography, who has a passion for capturing emotions and telling people’s stories. Rae was approached to help with the UnityPoint Moments that Matter patient fund because she is known to capture those beautiful little moments that make up day to day life.
“I want to document real life, all the little things that happen in between birthdays, vacations, and holidays that many people don’t take time to capture, but wish they had,” Rae said.
UnityPoint Hospice started Moments That Matter, a fund focused on local hospice patients. Their mission is to grant “bucket list” wishes for their patients to enhance and celebrate their life and create lasting memories with family and friends. “These wishes have proven to be moments of pure radiance as patients make the most of every day available to them,” says Laura Tenhouse, physician and community liaison for UnityPoint. “Our hope is for the photos to become a cherished legacy for families and alongside the wish fulfilled, serve as a tool to help families in their grief journey.”
Rae was able to use her artistic passion as she captured patients living out their bucket list wishes. Rae was able to capture the joy and beauty of Betty Robinson (as pictured) as she received the wish to spend time with a baby. Robinson, a 99 year old dementia patient, was a wonderful mother and her family wished to give her the chance to relive her cherished memories of motherhood. “While working with Betty’s family on her wish, I was so excited to share that I had a seven month old baby,” says Tenhouse. “Betty came alive when she saw baby Annie!”
Please join the organization on this journey to create memories and raise awareness to help people understand that hospice is truly about living!