TRIO CON BRIO Featured in Second SRC Community Chorus Concert Series
Con Brio featuring Tony Roberts on harp, Madeline Christensen Wood on flute,
Spurgeon on cello, with guest vocalists Jarod Hazzard, Katie
McLuckie, and Carmen McCarthy, will be in concert on Sunday, February 8th
at 3:00 p.m. at the Canton Church of the Brethren, 269 East Chestnut
Street. After a very successful season
ticket campaign, only 30 tickets remain for this event. Individual tickets may be reserved by calling
concert will consist of Broadway, movie and popular songs beautifully arranged
for harp, cello and flute by Tony Roberts.
Some of the featured pieces include Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins;
Bring Him Home from Les Miserables; Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings;
Dust in the Wind by Kansas; The Forrest Gump Suite; Shenandoah; The Show Must Go On by Queen, and
guest vocalists Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie, and Carmen McCarthy will present
a variety of songs with Valentine’s Day themes including My Funny Valentine, We
Kiss in A Shadow, Walking in the Air, Tear Jerk, and I Dreamed a Dream.
Tony Roberts is an accomplished musician, singer,
and arranger. He is well known to
central Illinois audiences for his performances in and musical direction of
musicals at Corn Stock Theatre, Peoria Players, Public Theatre, the SRC
Community Chorus and many others. He
also assists with area high school musical productions, participates in
concerts, provides special music at various events and churches, and operates
Occasions in Havana. Dr. Roberts is a
successful chiropractor in the Havana area.
Madeline Christensen Wood holds Bachelor’s
degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education from the Chicago College of
Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and will earn her Masters in Music
Education from Northern State University in December. Her primary teachers
are Donald Peck, principal emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Kyle
Dzapo, principal emeritus of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She has won
top awards in the North Shore Musicians Club competition, the Chicago Musicians
Club of Women competition, and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation
Classical Music competition. She has performed with the Skokie Valley
Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Elgin Symphony and Youth
Symphony Orchestras and has enjoyed performing solo flute recitals at the
Chicago Cultural Center, the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue, and
at Knox College.
Spurgeon is a performing cellist and private cello teacher. Currently he
teaches privately in the Bloomington/Normal area, plays as a regular section
cellist in the Peoria Symphony, and is a member of Trio Con Brio. He has
played as a substitute cellist in the Jacksonville Symphony, the Champaign
Urbana Symphony, the Quincy Symphony and the Muddy River Opera Company.
He received his Bachelors in music from Western Illinois University in Macomb
Concert Series is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council
Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts,
and the Two Rivers Arts Council. Proceeds are donated to the Roger Howerter
Memorial Scholarship fund at Spoon River College.
The third and final concert in the series has changed due to
the leaving of Olivet Nazarene University’s Apollo Choir director. In its place, popular performers John Davis
and Carla Bobell will present the concert HIM…HER…US, a concert of Broadway
solos and duets about love lost, love found, love funny and love strange on
Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the SRC Theater in Taylor Hall on the Canton
campus. For more information, please
contact Carol Davis at (309) 647-6395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eighty five members of the SRC Community Chorus and musicians presented A Winter's Tapestry on December 6 & 7 to over 700 attendees raising over $4,000 for the Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship.