Music and the Arts Concerts

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2014 Advent Brown Bag Concert Series

Wednesdays, December 3 through 17, 2014
Lunchtime: 12:15 -12:45 p.m.

Brown Bag Concerts are free. Brown bag lunches with choice of beverage are available at the door for $5.00, or you may bring your own.

Wednesday, December 3 | 12:15 -12:45 p.m.
Eddy Flute Choir
— Debbie Eddy, director

The Eddy Flute Choir was established by director Debbie Eddy in 1985 to provide her flutists with more challenges and performance. opportunities. The group will celebrate its 30th year anniversary in 2015 with a goodwill performance tour to Ireland. Throughout this time, the Eddy Flute Choirflutists have shared their music with area school children, historical sites, churches, arts groups, senior citizens, and handicapped people. Some of the venues have included the Dana Thomas House, Old State Capitol, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Illinois Symphony, and First Night Springfield. The flute choir has performed on behalf of area causes and charities including Washington Park Carillon, Springfield Area Arts Council, Illinois Symphony, Contact Ministries, and Catholic Charities. Fundraising projects and performances have also raised money to sponsor many music camp scholarships and performance tour work. The Eddy Flute Choir has served as musical goodwill ambassadors throughout central Illinois and abroad. The flutists have traveled to Austria, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland; as well as New York City and Washington, D.C. Performance venues include The Statue of Liberty and United Nations in NYC, Lincoln Memorial in Wash., D.C., Community Senior Center in Bristol, England, Mozart's home in Salzburg, Austria, Castle of Chilllon in Montreaux, Switzerland, Shakespeare's New Place in Stratford Upon Avon, England, Blarney Castle in Blarney, Ireland, and Home for the Blind in Oberramergau, Germany. The Eddy Flute Choir has shared music with thousands of people since 1985. The students in the group are fine examples of what is good about our youth today. The members grow in confidence, friendship, and musicianship; and become positive role models.

Wednesday, December 10 | 12:15 -12:45 p.m.
88 Keys For 2
— Maria Horváth, piano
— Pei-I Wang, piano
— Maria Horváth, piano 
— Pei-I Wang, piano
Pianist Dr. Pei-I Wang, native of Taiwan, was one of the top prize winners in the prestigious 2011 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition celebrating Franz Liszt’s bicentennial held by American Liszt Society. She received her DMA in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied under pianist and conductor, Dr. Ian Hobson. She has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the Yamaha and Kawai awards for the outstanding young musicians. She won the Taiwan National Music Competition, the 2002 Asian Audition of International Piano Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli Prize”, the 2007 Ninth Annual 21st Century Piano Commission Competition with composer John Ritz, the 2009 UIUC Concerto Competition; she was the finalist of the 2008 Krannert Debut Artist Competition, the 2009 Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship Competition. Her name has appeared in the “Treasury of Young Talented Musicians” program by the Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan. Dr. Wang has performed extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and with orchestras. Her performances have been broadcast on China Television Co. and WILL-FM. As a dedicated researcher, Dr. Wang was a recipient of dissertation travel grant and conference travel award at UIUC. She has taught in the Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology and the Soochow University. Currently, she is on the faculty of the Blackburn College, the Lincoln Land Community College, and the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Pianist Maria Horváth, D. M. A. has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, instrumental, vocal and choral accompanist and performed with orchestras and opera and musical theater productions throughout Europe and the USA. Her radio première was broadcast on Chicago’s classical music station, WFMT in 2004. Since 2005, she has been the Principal Keyboard (piano, celesta, harpsichord and synthesizer) player of the Illinois Symphony and Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestras and has been invited to perform with them as concerto soloist, as well. Dr. Horváth is a graduate of Louisiana State University (D. M. A.), the Franz Liszt University of Musical Arts, Budapest (Artist-teacher) and Illinois State University (M. M. and M. S.). She has taught piano to students of all ages and levels for decades. At the college level, she had taught graduate and undergraduate piano and various other music classes at Illinois State University, Millikin University, Lincoln Land Community College, Louisiana State University and the Franz Liszt University of Musical Arts. She had also taught at the pre-college divisions of Millikin University, Louisiana State University, and the Franz Liszt University of Musical Arts. Currently, she teaches at her thriving private studio, The Art of Piano ( in Rochester. Dr. Horváth is a frequent adjudicator, clinician and lecturer. During the last few years, she has developed a keen interest in early pianos (18th- and 19th-century fortepianos) and historically informed performance and has studied with the legendary fortepiano-pioneer Malcolm Bilson.

Wednesday, December 17 | 12:15 -12:45 p.m.
"Noëls by Louis-Claude D'Aquin"
- music from 18th century Paris churches -
— Rudolf Zuiderveld, organ
Rudolf Zuiderveld

Reviewers have praised Dr. Rudolf Zuiderveld's ability to bring out a great variety of color from the pipe organ. The accomplished organist received his bachelor's degree from Calvin College, and following service in the Vietnam War, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Michigan. After teaching at Dordt College (Iowa), he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and pedagogy for the University of Iowa. Dr. Zuiderveld recently retired from Illinois College where faculty he had been instrumental in establishing a new music curriculum. He also taught at Southwest State (Minn.) University.

Dr. Zuiderveld has received Illinois College's Ambassador Award, the Malcolm Stewart Award in intercultural Education, the Frank Travel Award, the McGaw Citation in the Arts, and numerous grants devoted to the study of historic pipe organs and their music. On a number of occasions he has led organ study trips to Europe. He also has written numerous articles for organ and hymnological journals, and has advised many churches on organ building and restoration projects.

He was the advisor for the new, historically inspired John Brombaugh Opus 35 organ at First Presbyterian Church, where Dr. Zuiderveld serves as organist. In addition to performing for and speaking to conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society and the Hymn Society of America, he has played numerous recitals at colleges, universities and churches throughout the U.S. and his native Netherlands.