Mendelssohn Club upcoming events

Ring in the new year with Mendelssohn Club. On Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, the Young Musicians Series begins with “Winter Song” at 1:30 p.m. in Mendelssohn Club’s Emerson Auditorium, 415 N. Church St. The free program features violin, flute, trumpet and mixed ensembles. Have you heard the “Measure 5” group? Come and see! A reception will follow the recital.

Auditions for Quilters

On Saturday, Jan. 10, from 3 to 6 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., auditions will be held at Mendelssohn for the spring production of Quilters, a musical drama by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek. Timm Adams is music/stage director. Call Mendelssohn Club at 964-9713 for an audition appointment.

Performance dates are June 4-6, and rehearsals will be Monday evenings, beginning in late January. The rehearsal period will extend to four or five rehearsals a week during the month of May. A full rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions.

Roles are available for five to seven women who sing and act (vocal ranges vary): Mother figure and four to six daughters (ages range from teens to 50s). Please prepare one or two songs of your choosing from the folk music, musical theatre, or art song genre. An accompanist will be provided. You may be asked to read from the script. Call-back auditions will be Tuesday evening, Jan. 13.

Mendelssohn is also looking for musicians who play folk instruments to form an ensemble for the production of Quilters: “fiddle,” guitar, mandolin, folk harp, dulcimer or string bass. If interested, call Mendelssohn Club. The club is also looking for donated quilts and quilt projects for their Quilt Auction, May 8 to help sponsor the June production of Quilters. Quilts will begin to be displayed in Emerson Auditorium in January.

Rhythm, Inc.

On Sunday, Jan. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m., Mendelssohn Club will host Rhythm, Inc. from the Rockford Jazz Society, in Emerson Auditorium. Cost is $5 members, $7 fans.

Sunday Serenades

Sunday Serenades will be presented by Mendelssohn Club performing members Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. in Emerson Auditorium. Chase away the January chill with performances of classic woodwind chamber music.

The program features Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro and Beethoven’s Octet in E Flat (op. 103) for pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns, and Dvorak’s wonderful Serenade (op. 103) for the octet with the addition of a horn, cello and bass. As an unusual and special treat, Mendelssohn will perform the Geographical Fugue, a spoken word chorus by Toch.

Participants include guest performer Scott Oakes and performing members Ruth Casserly, Sue Getts, Darleen Carl-Beck, Gregory Barrett, Greg Sisler, Becky Asher, Beth Kinch, Rob Murphy, Martha Pickart, Mike Beert and Steven Larsen, who will lead the ensemble.

Information: Mendelssohn Club, 964-9713.

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