About 10 years ago, Bill Welch began collecting traditional woodworking hand tools so he could get back to the basics of the craft. He is able to use the best in reclaimed woods to create original stools, benches and chairs that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Although he has a large assortment of power tools for woodworking, he really enjoys making unique, distinctive furniture pieces and carving smaller items such as bowls, spoons and handles with hand tools.
Some would call his furnishings a type of "live-edge furniture" which refers a popular interior design trend that creates a rustic or homestead feel in tables, chairs and other home furnishings. There are many varied techniques Welch uses in his art of free form furniture.
Welch primarily uses the best in ring-porous woods including walnut, ash, oak or hickory. Each piece is split out of a log, known as riving, using a froe and beetle (maul). Next he uses a hatchet to get the wood to a manageable state. He then puts the piece in a shave horse, trims it with a drawknife and finishes it with a spokeshave.
The final piece is truly a unique work of art. No two pieces are the same. Not only is the color and the grain original, but also the shape is one-of-a-kind.
Welch believes woodworkers should pass on these types of skills to new craftsman so that the techniques will not be lost to future generations. A great way to learn from Welch or other local woodworkers is by attending a meeting of the Quincy Woodworkers Guild. The club always welcomes newcomers of any skill level to check out a meeting or join the organization. The group meets once a month at rotating locations to share their works-in-progress as well as to exchange ideas and techniques.
For more information, including the location of the next meeting, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lifelong love and ability to play music has brought three members of the Quincy Concert Band’s oboe section closer together over the years. Jan Kendrick, Debbie Vonderhaar and Marianne Peters each began playing their instruments in grade school and continued through college. For nearly a decade they play together in the community wind ensemble. The women look forward to their weekly rehearsals under the baton of Dr. Trent Hollinger.
One of their favorite pieces to practice for the upcoming spring performance, “An Illinois Bicentennial” is the classical orchestral work “Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland. The work will be narrated by Mark McDonald, host and producer of Illinois Stories on PBS affiliate Network Knowledge. He will be reading excerpts of Abraham Lincoln’s great documents, including the Gettysburg Address.
The band is made up of volunteers from around the region. Their dedication and joy of producing quality musical entertainment benefits the entire region. Don’t miss this complimentary concert on Sunday, March 11 at 2:30 pm in Morrison Theater at Quincy Junior High School. Donations are appreciated to help with the band’s expenses. Find more information about the band or learn how to join by visiting quincyconcertband.org or by emailing email@example.com.
Fifteen Quincy Senior High students have been named Illinois All-State musicians for 2018 by the Illinois Music Educator’s Association. These All-State musicians performed as members of the All-State Band, All-State Orchestra, All-State Chorus and All-State Honors Chorus in Peoria during the Illinois Music Educators Association state meeting in January.
Students were selected through individual state-wide auditions held in October and performances in the All-District Festival in November at Western Illinois University. More than 290 Illinois schools participated in the auditions. Quincy Senior High has one of the highest number of students selected in the State of Illinois. Students were accompanied to Peoria by Quincy Senior High music teachers Kathi Dooley, Paul Shelor, Debbie Johnson, Gayle Tenhouse, Chris Gass and Chad Ensinger. Debbie Johnson, retiring ILMEA District IV President conducted the All-State Finale combined selection “Illinois.”
The 2018 ILMEA All-STATERS:
Andrew Arnold, Tenor, is a senior and the son of Stacy Arnold and Brandt Arnold. He is a member of the QHS Concert Orchestra, QHS Concert Choir, QHS Madrigal and QHS Show Choir. He recently performed the role of “Marryin’ Sam” in the QHS production of “Li’l Abner.” This marks the 3rd year that Andrew has been named an ILMEA All-Stater.
Eddie Binosi, Violin, is a junior and the son of Carlo Binosi and Callie Binosi. He is a member of QHS Concert Orchestra, “WIRED” and was in pit orchestra for the QHS fall musicals “Li’l Abner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Eddie will perform as the 2018 Quincy Symphony Orchestra Young Artist and is the QAYO Concert Master, a member of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra a member of the Varsity QHS Tennis Team. Eddie was also a 2017 ILMEA All State musician.
Ziven Crist, Bass, is a sophomore and the son of Michael & Cindy Crist. He is a member of the QHS Concert Chorale and QHS Jazz Band. This marks the first time a sophomore has been selected from Quincy Senior High as an All-Stater in Choir.
Carson Frese, Baritone, is a senior and the son of Tom & Shante Frese. He is a member of QHS Concert Choir and the QHS Blue Devil Varsity Basketball Team. Carson is also a worship leader at The Crossing Church.
Leo Lin, Cello, is a junior and is the son of Suzy Zou and Billy Lin. He is a member of the QHS Concert Orchestra and “WIRED.” Leo performed in the pit orchestra in QHS fall musical “Li’l Abner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Leo was also a 2017 ILMEA All-State musician.
Ben Makins, French Horn, is a junior, and the son of Charles & Angie Makins. He is a member of QHS Marching Blue Devils, Concert Band, Concert Chorale, Concert Orchestra, QHS Jazz Band, Show Choir, and performed in the QHS Fall Musical, “Li’l Abner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Calien “Mac” McPike, Percussion, is a senior and the son of Lori Vogel and C.G. McPike. He is a member of QHS Concert Band, QHS Concert Orchestra, and QHS Show Choir. He has performed in the QHS pit orchestras and is Captain of the QHS Drumline.
Mitchell Molidor, Tenor, is a sophomore, and the son of Danette & James Molidor. He is a member of QHS Concert and Marching Bands, Concert Choir, QHS Varsity Singers and a member of the QHS Madrigal Choir. Mitch performed the role of “Pappy Yokum” in the QHS Fall Musical, “Li’l Abner.”
Dalton Moss, Viola, is a sophomore, and the son Cindy Moss and Dan Moss. He is a member of QHS Concert Orchestra. Dalton was a member of the pit orchestra for the QHS Fall Musical, “Li’l Abner.”
Adelle Seaman, Alto, is a senior, and the daughter of Dr. Nathan & Delene Seaman. She is a member of QHS Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, QHS Varsity Singers and QHS Madrigal Choir. Adelle performed the role “Mammy Yokum” in the QHS Fall Musical, “Li’l Abner.”
Maggie Sparrow, Viola, is a junior and the daughter of Josh & Amanda Sparrow. She is a member of QHS Concert Choir, “WIRED”, Concert Orchestra, QHS Show Choir and performed in the pit Orchestra of the QHS Fall Musical “Li’l Abner.” Maggie was an ILMEA All State Musician in 2017.
Noah Spencer, String Bass, is a junior and the son of Adair and Brian Spencer. He is a member of the QHS Concert Orchestra and the QHS Jazz Band. Noah performed as a member of the pit Orchestra for the QHS production of “Li’l Abner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Noah is also involved with the Worship Team at the Crossing 929, and Quincy Area Youth Orchestra.
Lauren Tweedell, Soprano, is a junior and the daughter of Jeff & Sharon Tweedell. She is a member of QHS Concert and Marching Bands, Concert Choir, Concert Orchestra, QHS Show Choir and a member of the QHS Madrigal Choir. Lauren performed in the QHS Fall Musical “Li’l Abner.” Lauren is also a Q-City Pommer, a member of All School Student Council, National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Katie Vogler, Oboe, is a senior and the daughter of Larry and Cheryl Vogler. She is a member of QHS Concert Band, Concert Choir, Concert Orchestra and performed in the Pit Orchestras of the QHS Fall Musical “Li’l Abner and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Katie is also involved with National Honor Society, Beta Club, All School Student Council, Key Club, Quincy Youth Orchestra and a member of the QHS Track and Field team. Katie was a 2017 ILMEA All State Musician.
Dallas Will, Trombone, is a junior and the son of Thomas & Carolyn Will. He is a member of QHS Concert and Marching Bands, QHS Concert Orchestra, and QHS Jazz Band. Dallas performed in the Pit Orchestra for “Li’l Abner” and is also a member of the Quincy Youth Orchestra. Dallas was selected to be first chair trombone in the All-State Orchestra.
Sunday Music Series will welcome The Dixie Dads, with guest artist Bob Havens, to February’s concert on Sunday, Feb. 18. The band will play many of the traditional jazz tunes that are commonly heard in New Orleans, especially during this month’s Mardi-Gras celebration!
The Dixie Dads are an eight-piece Dixieland-style jazz band composed of local musicians and organized by bandleader John Schneider. The band has been in existence for two years, and has performed at a number of festivals and other events in Quincy and Hannibal.
Bob Havens is the band’s music coach, and has been guiding the musicians in their interpretation of New Orleans-style music. Havens had an illustrious career as jazz musician with Al Hirt, Pete Fountain and the Lawrence Welk Orchestra before retiring and returning to his native Quincy. He will be featured as a trombone soloist at this event.
In addition to Havens and Schneider, the musicians performing will be Jeff Schuecking, Les Fonza, Chardy Bangert, Corey Bowman, Todd Evans and Gary Bratton.
The concert will begin at 4 pm at the Salem Church (located at 9th and State Streets) in Quincy. Attendees should park in the lot on the north side of the church, and to enter through the handicap ramp on the Northwest corner of the church. The monthly series of concerts are free and open to the public, however, donations will be accepted at the door.
For more information about the concert or if you would like to perform, contact Phyllis Robertson, Program Coordinator, at 217-228-2866 or visit dixiedads.com.
This February we celebrate Black History Month with several events that recognize the achievements and roles of African Americans in our history. Below is an article about a memorial ceremony held this week to honor the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty, not only in Quincy, but in the state of Illinois, William H. Dallas. He was very courageous and broke down many barriers to accomplish things others in his generation we unable to do in the late 19th century. His heroic story has been the highlight of discussion among the community this month. Dallas’ actions have paved the way for future generations to protect those that need it the most.
By Richard Keppner
Historical Society of Quincy & Adams County and Civil War Roundtable
William Hall Dallas
1834 - 1876
One hundred and forty-four years after his death, Detective William Hall Dallas of the Quincy Police Department (QPD) received the honor he so heroically earned. A headstone was placed on his grave site in Woodland Cemetery. An identical marker for his wife was placed beside his grave site.
Born a slave in 1844, Dallas escaped and eventually found his way to Quincy, Illinois where he was helped by a local businessman, J.K. Van Doorn. However, fearing slave catchers, fled to Canada.
When African-Americans were permitted to enlist in the Union army during the Civil War, Dallas signed on with the 55th Massachusetts Infantry. Private Dallas was injured in a battle on Johnson Island, South Carolina in July of 1863. After many months of recuperation, he received a medical discharge and returned to the only real home he had ever known, Quincy.
He married Virginia (Jennie) Winn in 1868 and joined the QPD in 1874. In May of 1876, he and his partner were on a burglary stakeout in a barn where Washington School now stands, 1400 N. 8th Street. A gun battle ensued with the suspects, and tragically, Detective Dallas was fatally shot. He was buried in Woodland Cemetery, but no marker was ever placed on his grave site.
Jim Rost, a retired QPD detective, researched the story of William Dallas. In conjunction with the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County (HSQAC), he set out to give this brave Quincy police officer the recognition he deserved.
On Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, a large group, including numerous members of the Quincy Police Department, gathered at Woodland Cemetery, 1020 S. 5th Street, to dedicate the head stone that now marks his grave site.
After opening remarks by Beth Young, HSQAC and the Civil War Roundtable, Robert Copley, Quincy Police Chief, welcomed those gathered. Rost gave a brief history of this courageous man. New headstones for both Dallas and his wife were unveiled by Rost and Danyelle Harrison, Harrison Monuments, who graciously donated the material and labor for Dallas’ head stone.
After the unveiling, Reverend James Hailey of the African Methodist Evangelical Church led those gathered in a prayer. This was followed by the QPD Honor Guard giving the Last Call, and the American Legion Post #37 in conjunction with the Payson VFW honor guard presenting the traditional rifle salute. The ceremony ended with taps sounded by Beth Young.
R.I.P. Officer William Hall Dallas, one of Quincy’s finest.
By Kelsey Deters
Imagine being trapped inside for days while a hurricane rages outside, and the floodwaters rise. While you are safe and dry, you know that beyond your windows there are people who are in danger. These people are fighting to stay alive and save as many of their possessions as possible. Some of those people might even be the children you spend five days a week with discussing history, geography and the world around them. Chad Cleveland faced this reality in August 2017 during Hurricane Harvey.
Cleveland, a Quincy native, grew up in the Quincy Public School District and was continuously involved with the Music Department. After graduating high school in 2011 he attended Illinois State University and is now a fifth grade Social Studies teacher in Pasadena, Texas, a suburb of Houston.
As Hurricane Harvey swept through the area where he teaches, the Category 4 Hurricane dropped 51 inches of rain on the city and caused disastrous damage. Following the storm, Cleveland took action and quickly got to work helping the students at his school who were in need.
During the holiday season, Quincy helped in the effort too. At the school's yearly Vespers presentation, the Quincy High School Music Department took donations and raised an amazing $3,500 to support Clevleand’s efforts to assist his students.
“He did so much during his tenure at Quincy Senior High to make Vespers come to life for the enjoyment of the Quincy community, that it is now our turn to return the favor,” wrote Kathi Dooley, QHS Music Department.
In this blog post we are digging deeper to Cleveland's efforts in the storm's aftermath.
Read to the bottom to learn how you too can help! The following is the Q & A interview.
What arts related activities were you involved with while you were growing up in Quincy? Growing up in Quincy gave me so many opportunities to become involved in the arts. I started choir in the fourth grade at Baldwin and continued through senior year at Quincy High School. During high school I was involved in the show choir, participated in four musicals and was co-choir president.
Why did you decide to become a teacher? I decided to become teacher because of the opportunity to influence the future. The youth of the world are literally our future and I want our future to be brighter tomorrow because of the work done today. I also became a teacher because of the summer vacation opportunity. I use this opportunity to travel to different parts of the world to learn about culture and bring back these real life experiences for my students who do not have the same opportunities yet. For example, this summer I lived in Thailand for two months teaching English and learning about a culture completely different from my own.
How do you think your background in the arts influences your life and work today? Being involved with the music department and the arts taught me a great deal of discipline. The arts taught me how important preparedness, collaboration, and time management is. Being involved in shows and performance groups taught me how to always be on my toes and ready to change direction if needed, a huge help in the field of teaching. Teaching, in a way, is a performance every single minute of every single class. You have this plan of how the “show” is supposed to go but always have to be prepared for the unexpected.
Can you tell us about how Hurricane Harvey affected you and your students? Hurricane Harvey had a catastrophic impact on the community. I was fortunate to stay safe and dry during the storm personally, but there was always the fear of waking up and looking outside the next day to see water coming into the first floor of the apartment complex I lived in. It was an anxious waiting game for so many days. The worst part was that, while being trapped up in the apartment, on the news there were images of people swimming from their homes or trapped on their roofs. In one case, it was one of my students shown wading through three feet of water to get from their home to the National Guard boats. After the storm, about 90 percent of our students were displaced or unable to return home until the water receded weeks later; most lost everything in the floodwaters. We now still have 90 students that are technically homeless and many more that have had to move to new homes, a stressful situation for any student to have to go through.
What kind of things have you and your fellow teachers done for your students in the aftermath of the hurricane? We opened our school as a temporary place for our students and their families to have internet access to apply for FEMA, have fresh drinking water, and an air conditioned place to cool down for the week we were closed after the storm. We had many volunteers bringing in all kinds of donations from clothes to baby formula. Our staff went out into the community multiple times to bring them fresh milk, cereal, and hotdogs. For multiple days, we sat at our desks calling nearly 700 families to check on them to see what their needs were and just to know that they were in a safe and dry place. We took down names of the families that needed help and matched those with the donations already received. Teachers personally drove supplies to students’ homes and helped them clean up the mess. We have received so many donations from all around the country to help replace students’ clothes, school supplies, toys, and pay for things like food and gas, all because of the connections that our teachers have. As of today, those 90 homeless students still receive free lunches from our school and a bag of food every Friday to help support the families over the weekend.
Over Christmas you partnered with the QHS Music Department to raise money for your students. Can you tell us how that came about? I had reached out to Kathi Dooley after the storm to help put something together to help my students. Kathi and I have maintained a positive relationship since graduation and two of my younger brothers are still in high school. At the time, I did not know exactly what our students’ needs were or how far our current donations would reach. Once we evaluated what we needed after the news stories had moved onto other natural disasters, we could see how quickly donations were running out and how many families still needed help. That is when I called the Quincy Music Department again and Sarah Grawe, Kathi Dooley, and I came up with a plan to take a simple donation during the Vespers concert. Vespers was always something I was overly passionate about, so it could not have worked out any better.
What kind of impact will those donations from the Quincy community have on your students this year? These generous donations are being used in different phases. The first phase was to provide students with gifts for Christmas. In February, we will be allowing students to purchase books through our school’s Book Fair. The next phase will be to provide spring and summer clothing in early March before our students leave for spring break. With any leftover money, we will be providing students with sports equipment, summer pool passes, and other miscellaneous summer items. These donations are going for some essential items that students will need, like clothes, but they are also being used to give students a better sense of normalcy. With children, it’s all about their mental state. When a student receives a toy or item that is theirs, not a hand-me-down from a stranger, it gives them their humanity back.
Is there anything you would like to say to those who took the time to give to your students? I would like to say thank you. No amount of words can describe how thankful I am to have grown up in the Quincy community. Thank you for helping us give back out students’ humanity. Thank you for showing us that we are not forgotten in a world where every time we turn around there seems to be another natural disaster or cause to donate to. I am humbled to know that so many, so far away, care so much.
Is there a way people can continue to give to your students? The Quincy Music Department will still be accepting checks and cash for the cause and I hope to partner with them and the Friends of the Performing Arts this March during the Showcase of Excellence.
To assist in this effort, please contact the QHS Music Department by calling 217-224-3774.
Click here for details on the 2018 Showcase of Excellence on Saturday, March 10.
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.
Click here for more information.
Quincy University’s Pursuit in Learning in Society (POLIS) spring semester class schedule has been released. POLIS is an opportunity for lifelong learning for seniors. There are no tests. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming. There is even a coffee and cookie break after the first hour of each course.
Spring Class Schedule:
• Feb. 13 – “The Presidency and the Constitution” – Dr. Bill Postiglione
• Feb. 21 – “The Investment Environment” – Dr. Mitch Ellison
• Feb. 22 and March 1 – “Not Even Past: Race, Religion and History in William Faulkner’s Short Fiction” – Dr. Michael Keller
• Feb. 28 – “Canton, Culver-Stockton College and the Civil War in Northeast Missouri” – Dr. Scott Giltner
• March 8 – “Les Misérables: Themes, Motifs and Symbols” – Maryam Chaudhry
• March 9 – “Presidential Powers Under the Constitution” – Jim Palmer
• March 21 – “The High Country: Altitude and Latitude” – Dr. Alfred F. Pogge
• March 22 – “Rethinking the Center of Paul’s Theology: The Gospel and Faith” – Dr. Matthew Bates
• March 27 – “Important Women in the Life of Stephen A. Douglas” – Dr. David Costigan
• April 5 – “Ulysses S. Grant” – Beth Young
• April 6 – “The Role of Humans in the Emergence and the Re-Emergence of Disease” – Dr. Kim Hale
• April 11 – “Luther, the Jews, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust” – Dr. Wendell Mauter
• April 13 – “Ethical Dilemmas at End of Life” – Jonathan Miles
• April 18 – “Media Literacy: How Your Filter Bubble is Hiding the Truth and Making You Angry” – Nora Baldner
• April 19 – “The Other Side: The Palestinian Perspective” – Neveen Ayesh
• April 20 – “Gustav Holst’s The Planets: A Look at a Timeless Piece 100 Years After Its First Performance” – Dr. Christine Damm
• April 25 – “What is Legal Aid?” – Larry Ruemmler, J.D.
• April 27 – “Reading the Bible Again for the First Time VI: The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts” – Dr. Len Biallas
• May 1 and May 3 – “Selected Poetry and Prose of John Donne” – Dr. Joseph Messina
• May 11 – POLIS Annual End of the Year Party- FREE- 2:00 p.m. in the North Cafeteria
The cost of a POLIS membership is $15 per semester, and each two-hour class is $4 to attend. Anyone is welcome to bring friends and attend one class free of charge. Registration is Wednesday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at Quincy University’s North Campus, or forms can be submitted by mail. Classes during the semester will be held at North Campus 2-4 p.m., and signs will indicate directions to the individual classes. All Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes are in the North Cafeteria which is on lower level one. All Friday classes are in Strieby Room 323-A on the third level.
To be added to the POLIS mailing list and receive a brochure describing all spring classes
plus a registration form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a name and address, call 217-228-5594, or visit the POLIS webpage at www.quincy.edu/polis.
By Cheryl Loatsch
Dance has always been the way Sarah Phillips expresses her full spectrum of emotion. Happiness, anger, joy, melancholy and more all find its way into her movement. She uses her movements and the music to tell a compelling and beautiful story.
Dance has been an integral part of Phillips’ story from her very first tendu.
“I remember when I was as young as three years old, feeling free to follow not only the beat of the music but my own unique rhythm,” she recalled.
"Strength and grace go hand-in-hand on the dancer’s stage, " she says. "This pairing also serves us well in our day-to-day endeavors. By accepting the outcome of daily events with grace and strength, one is able to persevere."
The inner strength Phillips found through dance became her personal anchor and continues to serve her when the life’s challenges appear.
For Phillips, the structure, focus and determination it takes to conquer the ballet barre has become a spiritual exercise. Barre techniques are some of the most important building blocks of all dance. Phillips sees the barre as a space where all dancers return and refresh their spirits.
As an instructor and adult dancer, Phillips is now experiencing the joy of instilling the love of dance in her students.
“There is no greater satisfaction than witnessing a child find the dancer within themselves,” she said. “My parents get the credit for encouraging me to dance. I see the pride they have in my dedication and journey as a dancer. The pride they have felt throughout my dance career is now magnified for me when I watch my students perform.”
Phillips teaches ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, character and hip-hop to ages three and up at Cheryl Loatsch Dance Studio in Quincy.
Arts Quincy is excited to share a new column with our readers: Let's Dance! Dance is a way of making us feeling more alive and is an outlet for the body, mind and soul. We look forward to featuring more local dancers in future Arts Quincy magazines. The following is about a local dance instructor and how dance is an integral part of her daily life. If you know someone to be featured in this area please contact us at email@example.com.
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."