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 much-anticipated Chamber Music Concert is set for November 9, 2014, at 3:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton. The program offers a nonet, a quintet, and two trios. The music forces are members of the Clinton Symphony Orchestra who, for this special concert, get to pick the pieces of music they themselves find of particular appeal. Of note are the two trios which make up the middle section of the program. Though composed ninety years apart, they do have a connection, one to the other. Last winter, the CSO's Mark Bressler heard his wife's group perform the Walter Piston Three Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon, and became intrigued with the instrumental combination. Emily, his wife, encouraged Mark to write a trio of his own with the same instruments. Mark rose to the challenge and penned Family Three for Woodwind Trio which will receive its official première at the November 9 concert - a special event, to be sure. We will hear the 1925 Piston Trio followed by the 2014 Bressler Trio.
Charles-Francois Gounod (1818-1893) was a prolific composer in the major classical genres: insturmental, oratorios, opera, motets, masses, theater, and ballet. Yet, despite his prodigious output, he is recognized today as the composer only of a few enduring works: two opera (Faust and Roméo et Juliette), a Bach-inspired melody (Ave, Maria), and the theme for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Funeral March of a Marionette).
Gounod's father and mother were both talented individuals who passed on their artistic bents to their son. His father was an unsuccessful artist, who, however, brought in a modest income by offering art classes, while his mother was an artist as well as a pianist. When Gounod's father died, his mother took on the task of educating Charles in art and in music. By age twelve, Gounod had chosen music as his vocation after setting aside his other interest to enter the church. Religion played a major role, nevertheless, in many of his later compositions... (Read more)
Sonny Kompanek, Artist Faculty at NYU\Steinhardt, has orchestrated more than sixty feature films, and his compositions have been performed by the major orchestras of New York, Boston, and Atlanta. He has written for a wide variety of artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Soul Asylum, Boyz II Men, and the Canadian Brass. As a pianist, in addition to his own trio, Kompanek worked with Mel Torme, Diahann Carroll, Joe Williams, Shirley MacLaine, Chuck Mangione, and Buddy DeFranco.
After moving to New York in 1977, he began arranging and orchestrating for film composer Michael Small and later for Carter Burwell. He has worked extensively with many top composers, including Howard Shore, Michael Kamen, John Powell, Elliott Goldenthal, Wyclef Jean, and Cy Coleman.
Professor Kompanek is the author of the highly acclaimed book on film scoring, From Score to Screen, published by Schirmer Books. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School, where he was awarded a full scholarship, as a student of Thomas... (Read more)
The holiday season is coming fast - 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 playlists 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.
The most excellent treat, however, is the presentation of the Nutcracker Suite of Peter Tchaikovsky. The music, especially the set of dances, has been standard Christmas season fare since the ballet's revival 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 perfomance 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.
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.
MasterWorks ll: "Adventures in Music: Patriotism, Polkas, and Hoedowns"
November 8, 2014, is the initial concert for our neighboring symphony orchestra at Muscatine. Maestro Brian Dollinger is conductor and music director for the orchestra, so the musicanship should be of the highest order. According to the organization's web site the concert focuses on the following:
On this program we celebrate national pride as exemplified by numerous composers throughout the nineteenth century and beyond... we will treat you to some of the most famous orchestral works in which the love of homeland felt by the various composers [is] realized in their unforgettable music. The second installment in our concert series entitled “Adventures in Music,” this concert will be professionally videotaped and Maestro Dollinger will again make use of a multi-media format to clearly and engagingly explain the musical and historical context of each work. [D]uring the second half of the performance, audience members will be brought "into the music" with live video of the musicians displayed on a giant movie screen
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