Archive for October, 2010
Come and enjoy Halloween with the Quincy Concert Band at its fall concert entitled Angels and Demons. Under the baton of Trent Hollinger, the band will entertain audiences Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2:30 p.m. in the Morrison Theater of the Quincy Junior High School, 100 S. 14th.
“This concert will be fun for the whole family while still satisfying for the musical connoisseur,” commented Hollinger. Children, parents and grandparents alike will be entertained by several eerie works with memorable tunes as well as captivated by sublime compositions. These “angelic” works will include Frank Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture, a beautiful and ethereal programmatic concert composed in 2008, and Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, a powerful work celebrating the events around Christ’s birth.
The dedication and determination of many are responsible for the growth and success of the band. The very existence of this organization is one of the “quality of life” factors that set Quincy apart from so many communities. The Quincy Concert Band is part of the popular trend of the growth of adult community bands that provide a lifelong opportunity for amateur musicians to continue to use their musical skills acquired in school.
Membership in the band is open to any adult who has a desire to play a band instrument and rehearsals are held Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Intermediate School Band Room. During the rehearsals, band members have the opportunity to focus on presentation and learn to apply the musical nuance as taught by Hollinger. This hard work makes it possible for the band to perform at a very high level.
Admission is free. Concerts are made possible through the generosity of patrons. For more information regarding this concert or to join the band contact Rick Bybee at 223-7113 or 223-4327.
The public is invited to enjoy the Quincy Art Center’s Artoberfest fundraiser as part of the community-wide Fall Colorfest Celebration.
The festival includes children’s artivities, exhibitions, entertainment on the Park District Showmobile, food and refreshments, the Vietnam Sign-in Wall and Bowl-Appetit, and more than 500 one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls hand-crafted and painted by over 200 local artists and members of the community.
The event will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday on the lawn at 1515 Jersey and will feature a Beer Tasting Event with beer, food and soda sales; live acoustic music from Deadly Weapon; the opening reception for three exhibits; and the Bowl-Appetit auction, raffle and sale. Proceeds will benefit the Art Center’s children’s programs.
On Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the exhibits will continue, there will be food and soda sales, Bowl-Appetit sales, children’s artivities, artist demonstrations and live entertainment.
The Vietnam Sign-in Wall provided by the All Wars Museum will be available only during the Artoberfest celebration for Vietnam veterans to sign in where they were posted and to visit with other veterans on hand.
The exhibit Vietnam Then and Now: Photographs by Nik Wheeler features 30 large-scale photographs of Vietnam taken during the war and up through the present day. The photographs were taken by British artist Wheeler who was a combat photographer for United Press International for two and a half years during the Vietnam War. He later returned four times to photograph Vietnam’s people and beauty. Wheeler, a highly regarded photographer, has worked for the magazines National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, International Wildlife and Travel and Leisure. This is the first time these images have been shown as a group. The exhibition has been underwritten by Linda Johnson, M.D.
There is a complementary exhibit entitled Vietnam Memories: All Wars Museum. This exhibit includes artifacts such as uniforms, medals, ribbons, flags and photographs taken “in country” primarily by residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. These items have been loaned to the Quincy Art Center for this exhibit and are part of the All Wars Museum collection.
A third exhibit features recent work by three photographers. The exhibit is entitled Three Photographers Preserve Quincy: Stephen Cullo, Jewel Gwaltney and Bruce Morton. This exhibit has been sponsored by Terrell and Vicki Dempsey, the Dr. Joe and Denette Kuhlman Family and Meg Nagel, in honor of her late husband Walter.
The photographers use photographic images as their way of preserving the beauty and uniqueness of Quincy for the viewer. Cullo captures very unusual ways of looking at our city, the bridges and surrounding countryside. Gwaltney explores Woodland Cemetery from a distance and in a more intimate way. Morton portrays buildings, homes and warehouses as though they were portraits.
Talks connected with two of the exhibits will be featured every Thursday at 7 p.m. They include October 21, a talk by Gwaltney about her exploration of Woodland Cemetery; October 28, a Power Point presentation Vietnam Now with Dr. Leonard Biallas; November 4, a talk by Morton about his work; and a presentation by Cullo on his photographs on November 11.
Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge for QAC members for the opening receptions or to view the exhibit. There is a $3 admission charge for nonmember adults and $1 for seniors, students and children.
Funding has also been provided in part by the Illinois Arts Council, by a grant from the Marion Gardner Jackson Trust Arts Fund and by the business and individual members of the Quincy Art Center. For additional information call 223-5900 or e-mail email@example.com.
Julie Nelson, Quincy Art Center