Music and the Arts Concerts

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2015 Lenten Brown Bag Concert Series

Wednesdays, February 25 through April 1, 2015
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.




Heritage String Trio
– Kamen Petkov, violin; Karen Frost, viola; Susan Phillips, 'cello –

The Heritage String Trio is just one of the ensembles available from the Heritage String Quartet. This ensemble has been performing for over 40 years. The current artists have been together for eight years. They play as a quartet, trio, duo, or alone for solo performances. They play recitals of chamber music, social events, weddings, funerals, musicals, and for other events needing string players.


The Sangamon Woodwind Consort
– Troy Rasmussen, oboe; Cathy McGuire, bassoon; Cindy Garretson, flute –

The Sangamon Woodwind Consort was formed in 1983 and consists of flute, oboe and bassoon. They play a variety of light classical music for many events: Special music for your special occasion! This includes weddings, parties, receptions, dinners, First Night Springfield, Brown Bag Concerts, Old State Capitol events, and the list goes on. In addition all three members also play in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Cindy Garretson, flute, is a graduate of LHS and WIU with a degree in music education. She taught in District 186 until her retirement. She has played with the Springfield Symphony and Illinois Symphony as well as the Springfield Municipal Band, Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony and Sangamon Woodwind Consort.

Troy Rasmussen, oboe (filling in for Krista Steller), started his musical career here in Springfield with the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony! Welcome back to Springfield, Troy, after playing from St. Louis to San Francisco & San Diego! Troy currently works in Springfield and plays with Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, Springfield Municipal band and Woodwind Quintet at UIS.

Cathy McGuire, bassoon, is a native of Springfield, freelance musician and small business owner. She currently performs with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Millikin-Decatur Orchestra, Quincy IL Symphony, Springfield Municipal Band and Sangamon Woodwind Consort.



The Swedish Nightingale
Sherri Mitchell as Jenny Lind
- with Rudolf Zuiderveld as her husband Otto Goldschmidt -


The presentation you will see is a slightly shortened version of the original performance at Jacksonville’s 2014 Prairie Chautauqua. Ms. Mitchell, as Jenny Lind, will speak about her childhood, her opera career, and her concert tour in America. Dr. Zuiderveld, as her husband, Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907), will join her in a performance of three selections that Jenny Lind sang during her shining career.

Sherri Mitchell, a native of Jacksonville, Illinois, is both the mother of four children and a
versatile musician. In addition to her position as church pianist, and private instructor of voice
and piano, she is active as a performer at Playhouse On the Square, Hoogland Center for the Arts, Prairieland Chautauqua, as well as private venues. She will be performing on stage at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Fiddler on the Roof, which opens March 20, 2015.

Rudolf Zuiderveld, organist at First Presbyterian Church/Springfield, is also a versatile and
accomplished musician with degrees from Calvin College, University of Michigan, and the
University of Iowa. He has written numerous articles for organ and hymnological journals and has advised many churches on organ building and restoration. The choice of John Brombaugh as builder of the Opus 35 organ at First Presbyterian Church can largely be credited to Zuiderveld. Although recently retired as Professor of Music at Illinois College, he continues to lead an active life as a musician, performing for, and speaking to, a variety of organizations, colleges, and churches throughout the U.S.



Boyd Mackus, baritone - with Rudolf Zuiderveld, organ

Boyd Mackus
Boyd Mackus will be performing a Bach Solo Cantata, No. 82, “Ich habe genug” (It is enough). The text is based on the Song of Simeon in Luke 2:29-32, "Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation...." The audience is invited to enjoy lunch during the half-hour – midday – free concert, and brown bag lunches may be purchased at the door for $5. You may bring your own lunch, if you wish.






Annie Gregurich and Judith Mancinelli, piano

At the age of eleven, Annie Gregurich performed her piano debut recital at the First Presbyterian Church. Since 2012 she has participated as pianist in the annual Goosebumps Organ Concert and Light Show. Annie has been a student of piano since the age of four and currently studies with Judith Mancinelli of Millikin University. She enjoys performing volunteer recitals at local nursing homes, where she often performs her own compositions. Annie is a student at Springfield High School.

Judith Mancinelli is a retired member of the Millikin University piano faculty and was a pianist with the Kirkland Trio. Ms. Mancinelli made her debut at the age of thirteen, performing as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She earned the Master of Music degree from the University of Tulsa, where she was chosen as Concerto Soloist with the University Orchestra. In addition to her solo recitals, Ms. Mancinelli often perfumes two-piano recitals with her husband, Aldo Mancinellii.


The Capital Chamber Singers
– Dick McDaniel, Julie Walker Hood, Ron Howell, Jamie Greenwald, Susan Harris, Becky Kemp, Dave Hixenbaugh, Diane Dietz, Bernie Wiseman, Jody Kienzler –

As well as giving local performances at professional events in the Springfield area,the Capital Chamber Singers have contributed to the community through performances at service club functions, church and public concerts, seniors' residences, hospitals and charity fund-raising events. Read more on their website . .

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