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.



Sherri Mitchell, soprano - with Rudolf Zuiderveld, organ

Sherri Mitchell is a Jacksonville, Illinois, native. She has performed in many Springfield theatre and opera presentations. Some of her favorite roles include performances in Sweeney Todd, A Streetcar Named Desire, The King & I, and Music Man. She has performed in regional and dinner theaters around the country.


Boyd Mackus, baritone - with Rudolf Zuiderveld, organ

"Baritone Boyd Mackus has enjoyed success in a wide variety of operatic, theater, and concert repertoire throughout the United States. He has appeared in major roles with the Goldovsky Grand Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Ohio Light Opera, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, and the Urbana Symphony. Earning particular acclaim in the operetta and musical theater arena, Mr. Mackus has performed several leading and featured roles in works of Kalman, Lehar, Offenbach, Romberg, Strauss, Gilbert & Sullivan, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe and others." – Quoted from the website here . . .


Annie Gregurich and Judith Mancinelli, piano duets

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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