Charlotte’s Web offers double treat weekend

Charlotte’s Web offers double treat weekend


Charlotte’s Web offers two exciting performances this weekend at different locations. Mark your calendar!

Richard Smith and Julie Adams

A perfectly-matched husband and wife duo will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 406 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford.

Muriel Anderson introduced us to Richard Smith, an amazing guitarist, and cellist Julie Adams (with whom she recorded her CD, Theme for Two Friends), when they were her guests for an April 2000 Web concert. For the past two years, Charlotte’s Web has been trying to bring this husband/wife duo back, and now they have!

Born and raised in England, Richard was just 5 when he begged his guitar-playing father to teach him “Down South Blues”—a Chet Atkins, Merle Travis tune. By the end of the day, he had mastered both the chords and the melody, despite being left-handed and playing his father’s big right-handed guitar. When he was 11, he was invited by Atkins to play with him on stage at Her Majesty’s Theater, where he stunned and amazed both Chet and the audience. He then branched out into the complex styles of Django Reinhardt, Les Paul and Larry Breau. Now his incredible repertoire includes classical guitar, country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock and Sousa marches!

Classically trained at the Cincinnati Conservatory, Julie Adams has won many cello competitions and has performed with orchestras in Chicago, Cincinnati and Dayton among others. Reaching out to folk music, Julie played a significant role on Glenn and Holly Yarborough’s album, Family Portrait. Today she is in demand as a session player in Nashville, performing on a wide variety of projects from Top Ten albums to major film scores. You must see and hear these two!

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; Canterbury Books, Highcrest Center, 398-1454; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

Tribus Futuras

Tribus Futuras, consisting of Luis and Susan Alban, will perform at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St. and the performance is free!

This team was formed in January 1995 by multi-instrumentalists Luis and Susan Alban to share the music and the culture of the Andes with both children and adults. They have performed for more than 200,000 children in the Chicago area alone. Utilizing classical guitar, 12-string guitar, the 10-string charanzo, the 4-string cuatro, pan pipes, bamboo flutes, ocarinas and percussion, their presentation of music is intertwined with original children’s stories. Teachers of the Andean Ensemble classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music the past six years, they have also released four CDs. Although we’re a few days past Hispanic Heritage Month, come celebrate with music and stories from South and Latin America.

This free performance is co-sponsored by the Rockford Public Library Youth Services.

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