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
The holiday season is fast approaching - Christmas and the New Year are just a few weeks away. The CSO has another great holiday season program in the works which will highlight many of your yuletide favorites. Traditional carols, light classical melodies, and popular holiday fare are melded to produce a fitting introduction to the twelve days before Christmas.
Past play-lists for the seasonal concert have included various renditions of classics such as Gruber's Silent Night, Holy Night, and Anderson's Sleigh Ride and Christmas Festival, along with the more classical stylings of Mozart's German Dances, Bizet's Farandole, and Handel's Messiah excerpts.
This year's fare is a worthy successor to past holiday concerts. Choruses from Handel's Messiah are again on tap as well as the standard White Christmas by Irving Berlin. Added pleasures include a suite drawn from Alan Silvestri's music for the animated movie Polar Express, an arrangement of Canadian Brass Christmas music, a carol by English composer John Rutter, and, to welcome the New Year, a waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Tchaikovsky is by no means neglected. Maestro Dollinger has selected two dances from the ever-popular holiday favorite the Nutcracker ballet, a work that was slighted after its first performance. While the suite Tchaikovsky drew from the score enjoyed immediate success, the complete ballet came into favor as a holiday specialty only in the early 1950s.
Plan now to attend this gala event. Take advantage of the special pricing for groups. Invite your friends and neighbors to attend with you. Place your ticket order soon.
The first CSO concert of 2015 will present the music of two long-time audience favorites: Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák. Brahms' Tragic Overture, Op 81 is scheduled to open the concert. This overture is the contrasting 'sad' face to the composer's earlier 'happy' face, Academic Festival Overture, Op 80.
Before he sought a more international reputation, Antonín Dvořák was a passionate nationalist composer, and only turned outward at the urging of his mentor, Johannes Brahms. Maestro Dollinger has slated a performance of Dvořák's last truly nationalistic symphony, the Symphony No 6 in D minor, Op 60. To lead into the symphony, the orchestra will play one of Dvořák's symphonic homages to his native land, My Homeland, Op 62. The exuberance and pathos that Dvořák pours into these two testaments to his Czech roots carries over quite easily to the emotional understanding of the audience.
Check back for the details as the concert date grows nearer.
Three German master composers share the program for the CSO's Spring Concert in Vernon Cook Theater Clinton High School. Each composer represents a step forward in the evolution of symphonic music - Bach to Haydn to Beethoven.
Orchestral Suite (Overture) No 3 in D major, BWV1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach opens the concert. Bach died just as Franz Joseph Haydn was beginning his years as an apprentice, years that would lead him to compose the first of his hundred or so symphonies. His early Symphony No 3 in G major reflects the lingering spirit of Bach and looks forward to the dynamism that Haydn would imbue in this new form of musical expression.
Haydn's protégé Ludwig van Beethoven surprised even his mentor with the dramatic and emotional character of his Symphony No 3 in E-flat major, Op 55, Eroica. It was Beethoven who "changed music forever."
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.
Master and protégé defines the relationship between the German composer Johannes Brahms and the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák. Their relationship is even more surprising when it's realized that Brahms was adverse to helping or advising younger composers
Dvořák came to Brahms' attention when the older composer served as a judge on a committee which awarded annual monetary inducements to promising composers within the Austrian empire. In 1874 Dvořák sent in his first application for an Austrian State grant which the Ministry of Education at that time awarded every year to "young, poor and talented artists" (poets, artists and musicians). An adviser to the Musical Department of the Ministry was the musical theoretician and, for many years, musical critic of the Vienna daily Die Neue Freie Presse, Dr Eduard Hanslick; other members of the adjudicating board were Johannes Brahms and the director of the Vienna Court Opera, Johann Herbeck. Dvořák received the grant for five years in succession due in large part to the recommendations of Brahms and Hanslick. Brahms recognized immediately the extraordinary talent of the young Bohemian composer. Thereafter, Brahms' and Dvořák's relationship broadened and settled into one of deep respect and admiration for the other's work.
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