Judith Anne Spencer, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, passed away Tuesday afternoon June 10, 2014, at Genesis East. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Judy was born on April 7, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, a daughter of William and Rosemary (Jacobi) Grunewald. She graduated from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids in 1961 and attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelors of Music degree. She then began her teaching career, starting in the Rock Island School System.
In 1965 she met her husband, Roy Spencer, and they were married in 1967 in Cedar Rapids. They were blessed with three boys: Scott, Paul and Dan. Judy and Roy reared their children in Clinton, Iowa, and El Paso, Texas.
Judy's greatest passion was sharing her love of music with her students. Throughout her career, she touched many lives, teaching at schools in both Texas and Iowa, including Mater Dei High School in Clinton, St. Joseph's in DeWitt, Rivermont in Bettendorf and All Saints in Davenport. She won the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching in 1998.
She was principal flautist with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra for forty years, soloing with the Symphony in 2002. She also played in the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, Rock Falls and Augustana symphonies. In addition, she was a music contest judge and accompanist as well as playing in several pit orchestras in the area. She was a private flute and piano teacher for nearly fifty years.
Online memorials may be made in Judy's name to the Clinton Symphony Orchestra Memorial Fund by using the safe and secure PayPal link below.
Checks made out to the memorial fund can be sent by mail to the following address:
Judy Spencer Memorial
PO Box 116
Clinton IA 52733-0116
Clinton Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Brian Dollinger has announced the proposed music selections for the upcoming concert season.
The selections range from the Baroque of Johann Sebastian Bach to the late Romanticism of Edward Elgar. Of special merit is the solo highlight of the opening Fall Concert in October which features cellist Timothy Archbold performing the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85. The Elgar concerto, poorly received by the public at its first performance in 1919, came into its own in the 1960s following a widely-heralded recorded version of the work by Jacqueline du Pré.
The Grand Tour
Chamber Music Concert
November 9, 2014
Zion Lutheran Church Clinton, IA
The Music of Friendships
December 13, 2014
Vernon Cook Theater Clinton, IA
Holidays with the Symphony
February 28, 2015
Morrison High School Auditorum Morrison, IL
Brahms: Tragic Overture, op. 81
Young Artists Auditions Winner
Dvořák: My Homeland, Op 62
Dvořák: Symphony No 6 in D minor, Op 60
April 18, 2015
Vernon Cook Theater Clinton, IA
Three on Three
Bach: Orchestral Suite No 3, BWV 1068, in D major
Haydn: Symphony No 3 in G major
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Op 55 "Eroica"
Program selections are subject to change.
Edward Elgar's sublime Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85, with Australian Timothy Archbold as soloist is at center stage for the opening concert of the CSO's 2014-2015 season. This particular work was the last major composition by this most 'British of British' composers and admirably reflects the change in Elgar's view of the world as a more stark and lonely place than the world which saw his rise to prominence - the pre-World War I romantic world of European elegance.
The programs for October 11 and 12 include works by Rossini, Fauré, and Beethoven. Beethoven is given credit by some music savants with the creation of the symphonic poem as a nineteenth century form of expression with his three attempts at writing a suitable overture for his only opera, Fidelio. The opera, originally named Leonore, proved to be the composer's greatest challenge during his musical life. He worked on perfecting the score for nearly a decade and composed four separate overtures as he searched for the right introduction to his masterpiece. Of the three Leonores, the, was discarded as the overture to tLeonore Overture 3 in C major, Op 72bhe opera precisely for the reasons it is so beloved by concert goers since - it is melodic, dramatic, and tells the story in musical terms in approximately 12 minutes - a symphonic poem.
CSO chamber music organizers are now at work devising the program for the November 9 concert date. If they follow their usual pattern, then patrons can expect a good deal of esoteric fare. For past concerts, CSO insturmentals have regaled audiences with such memorable and off-the-beaten-path pieces as Octet for Eight Wind Insturments, Quartet for Four Clarinets, Dutch Suite in G major, and Heritage Canyon Suite by such illustrious composers as Igor Stravinsky, Vaclav Nelhybel, P.D.Q. Bach and several Broadway tunesmiths among whom are George Gershwin, Isham Jones, and Sammy Fain.
Standard fare is offered as well with the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Copland, Tchaikovsky and Schumann. In other words, something to please everyone will be found on any given chamber concert.
Check back for the details as the concert date grows nearer.
On June 7, 2015, the CSO again offers a free public concert for the citizens of Clinton and the surrounding areas. Riverview Park along the Clinton waterfront is the site of the concert, which begins at 6:30 pm. Friends of the symphony are encouraged to attend and bring along with them their family members and neighbors.
Musical selections cover a broad range including the light classical, Broadway, television, and motion pictures genres.
Symphony @ Riverview events in previous years have been well attended by the public in the Clinton area and from surrounding counties. To some it has become an annual social musical occasion much anticipated.
Check back for more specifics as the season progresses.
Timothy Archbold was raised in Regional Australia in the small town of Castlemaine, Central Victoria. He graduated from the Castlemaine Secondary College in 1998 having studied with Anna Daniel and Megon Smithies, and he received a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2002 under the guidence of Nelson Cooke and Phillip Green. He was a teacher of strings and assistant conductor of the orchestra at Girton Grammar school in Bendigo, Victoria 1999-2003.
Timothy has been a principal cellist of the Australian National Music Camp Orchestra, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Geminiani Orchestra (Melbourne), the Melbourne University Orchestra, the Victorian College of the Arts Orchestra, the Bremen Hochschule Orchestra, the Launders Bremen Jungen Orchestra; and has played with Australian Youth Orchestra, the Oldenburg City Orchestra in Germany, Orchestra Victoria, and has participated in professional development with Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. His ensemble work includes performing with the Orenda Ensemble; he also is a founding member of the Berkeley Ensemble, both based in Melbourne.
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