Two guest soloists will join multiple choirs and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra for the season finale on April 10 – Muddy River News

Penelope Shumate, left, and Ian Greenlaw | Photos courtesy of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association

QUINCY — The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will perform “Natural Wonders” as its season finale “Enduring Spirit” at 3 p.m. on April 10 at the QJHS Morrison Theater.

The orchestra, conducted by Bruce Briney, will perform Beethoven’s magnificent “Symphony No. 6”. This work is one of only two symphonies he deliberately named, preferring the titles “Pastoral Symphony” or “Reflections of Country Life.” Beethoven said the piece was an expression of nature, reflecting his love for long walks in the countryside near Vienna.

The cantata “Te Deum” (We praise you, O God) by Antonin Dvorak was commissioned by an American philanthropist in 1891. As a child, Dvorak told his parents: “I pray better over there, at the window, in gazing at the greenery and the sky!” This faith and love of nature colored the music he wrote for “Te Deum”.

“Te Deum” was written for mixed choir, orchestra and soloists. The uplifting and joyful music blends the voices into melodies and harmonies. The Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus will collaborate with choirs from Quincy University and John Wood Community College, creating a 130-voice choir to bring this piece to life. The conductors are Kristin Ramseyer (QU), Phyllis Robertson (QSC), Paul Shelor (QAYC) and Steven Soebbing (JWCC).

Soloists Penelope Shumate (soprano) and Ian Greenlaw (baritone) will join the mass choir.

Praised by The New York Times for singing with “bell-shouldered clarity and incomparable sweetness” and praised by the New York Concert Review for “his sparkling coloratura perfection,” Shumate’s recent engagements include appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, as well as his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London for the recording of the CD “Messiah Refreshed” in the historic studios of Abbey Road.

Greenlaw has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala and many others. He has been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and others. The orchestra, choirs and soloists will come together for the triumphant final chorus of “Alleluja!”

To open the concert and the theme of nature, the orchestra will begin a new overture commissioned by Randall Faust of Macomb. His creation, “The Wonder of the Waters”, is a soundtrack of an imaginary canoe trip from Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota (the headwaters of the Mississippi River – called the “father of many waters” by Native Americans ) – down the river eventually arrived at Quincy. On this journey, the public is led by Briney through rocky and difficult portages, through stormy and choppy waters to the wider and gentler waters of the river.

The draw for the grand prize of $1,000 for the annual QSOA raffle will take place at the end of the intermission. Proceeds from the raffle support orchestra, choir, youth orchestra and youth choir concerts, as well as annual school symphony concerts for thousands of children. The Grand Prize of $1,000, Second Prize of a Symphony Getaway Package and Third Prize of two QSOA Season Passes will be awarded. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 12 for $100. They can be purchased at the concert, in advance from any orchestra, choir, Encore! or member of the Symphony Board of Directors, or by visiting the website at The raffle is sponsored by HomeBank and Cape Air.

Concert tickets will be available at the door or in advance from Sturhahn Jewelers, County Market or Hy-Vee. Tickets are $15 for seniors and $18 for other adults. Support from the Tracy Family Foundation and the Community Foundation allows children 18 and under free admission to all QSO concerts.

The concert sponsor is Mercantile Bank. The music sponsor is Schmiedeskamp, ​​Robertson, Neu & Mitchell. The media sponsor is WGEM. The Arthur & Lela Lindsay family is the sponsor of the guest artists. All QSOA concerts are partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and season sponsors Knapheide Manufacturing and Blessing Health System.


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