• April 09, 2019 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    Area military veterans are invited to participate in Arts Quincy's Made in America: Veterans Art Program this spring!

    In 2019 the program has changed to offer more veterans the opportunity to participate in the program by offering more options for classes, concerts or other performances.

    This Saturday, April 13, Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association invites the public to join and honor the rich heritage expressed in great American orchestral music during the, "American Salute," concert at 7:30 pm at Quincy Junior High School's Morrison Auditorium. Arts Quincy would like to send area veterans to this concert through the Made in America program. For tickets, call 217-222-3432 or email

    "Arts Quincy has partnered with arts organizations to offer community veterans a wider variety of classes or performances to choose from," said Laura Sievert, Executive Director of Arts Quincy. "This will allow them to choose something that interests them and easily fits into their schedule."

    If you are a veteran or know one who should participate in arts programs, classes or activities, contact the Arts Quincy office at 217-222-3432 for more details.

    This program is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Quincy's Flags of Honor Program, a grant from Al Beck through the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeastern Missouri and members of Arts Quincy.

  • April 01, 2019 9:17 AM | Deleted user

    The Quincy Senior High production of New Faces 2019 will come to life on April 4, 5, 6, at 7:30 pm and April 7 at 2 pm in the Quincy Senior High School Theatre, located at 3322 Maine Street. 

    Started in 1955 by band director Dan Perrino, the 64th edition of this annual variety show will feature the talents of more than 150 Quincy Senior High students. The theme of this year’s show, “The Defining Moment,” will highlight the multi-talented instrumentalists, singers, dancers and actors of QHS.

    The QHS Jazz Bands and the QHS Show Choirs will anchor the production with many individual acts complementing the two-act presentation. The QHS Jazz Band, under the direction of Matthew Gabriel, will open the show with selections including “Hay Burner,” and “God Bless the Child” featuring junior Dallas Will on trombone.  

    The QHS Show Choir, “Electric Blue,” directed by Kathleen Dooley and Paul Shelor will begin the second act with “Come Alive” from the “Greatest Showman” and “For Good” from the Broadway musical, “Wicked.”  Company Blue, directed by Ben Dombroski, will perform “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady and “One Night Only” featuring soloist, Camlynn Taylor. 

    The QHS Madrigal Choir will perform a medley of songs by FUN, and the Varsity Singers, directed by Kathleen Dooley, will return to the stage with “Walkin’ On Sunshine” and a medley of songs by the rock group Queen.

    Rock bands, contemporary Christian songs and dances, Magic Acts and SKA Bands will also perform in individual acts. Dance ensembles will include Heinze Dance Academy, Q Dance, QHS Q-City Pommers and the QHS Colorguard.       

    Reserved seats are available by calling the QHS Music Department at 217-224-3774 from 8:30–3:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. 

    “The Defining Moment” will include entertainment for all ages as the students of QHS present the 64th presentation of “New Faces 2019” at Quincy Senior High School.

  • March 26, 2019 2:14 PM | Deleted user

    Looking for Lincoln will host a new program featuring Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo in the premier of their new show, Lincoln The Great Communicator.

    The program combines live period music with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln (using Lincoln’s own words) to explore Lincoln’s use of communication as a personal and political tool.

    You're invited to see this exceptional program this Friday, March 29 at the History Museum. The program will begin at 6:30 pm followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are highly recommended.

    This theatrical style program is presented as a casual conversation between President Lincoln and Vallillo discussing Lincoln's gifts as a communicator and way he used those skills for the betterment of mankind throughout his lifetime. In the midst of the conversation, Vallillo will perform period music on guitar, bottleneck slide Dobro, banjo and jaw harp to illustrate Lincoln’s point and the President will quote passages from some of his favorite speeches.

    The program will also be used to increase awareness of Looking for Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. The event is presented by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

    The program is a designated Looking for Lincoln (LFL) event hosted in all six of the LFL Gateway Communities, presented by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. Information about the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area will be provided. The program is cosponsored by Quincy's Lincoln Legacy and the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

    For more information, call 217-222-1835 or visit

  • March 26, 2019 12:47 PM | Deleted user

    It was Arts Quincy's great honor to remember the late Ben Bumbry and his lasting impact in the arts community with a posthumous "George M. Irwin Arts Quincy Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Music," in recognition and remembrance of an incredible legacy of musical contributions in Quincy and the surrounding area.

    The Arts Quincy board and staff presented the award to his wife Helen in March during the third annual Jackson-Lincoln Ben Bumbry Memorial Banquet at Quincy University.

    "We hope it will serve as a reminder to his friends, family and all those who knew and loved him, of one of the great joys of his life, his music," said Laura Sievert, Executive Director.

    Mr. Bumbry was an extraordinary figure. Of course, many music fans will have known him as the drummer and face of Ben Bumbry and the Messengers. He performed all over the area for more than 60 years and was a regular performer on the Mark Twain Riverboat in Hannibal. Among his many other musical contributions, Mr. Bumbry helped organize the Mississippi Muddy Water Blues Society and made other performances of African drums at local schools.­

  • March 13, 2019 11:59 AM | Deleted user

    Quincy Concert Band would like to introduce you to Sue Cutrone, first chair flute/piccolo. Sue has played with QCB for over 15 years. Here is a Q & A, submitted by Susan Deege.

    What do you like best about playing with QCB? I really enjoy the variety of music we play. In this group we have been able to learn and perform some exciting new music. We also enjoy performing some of the great old favorites. It was an honor that we were selected to "play in Peoria" for the 2017 Illinois Music Education Conference! We are able to showcase our varied musical talents with two concerts a year - one in the spring, and one in the fall. I really appreciate the challenge of the beautiful music we play.

    What other groups do you play with? I have been a member of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra for 29 years and have also been a member of the Muddy River Opera Company orchestra.

    How did your musical journey begin? I come from a very musical family and started flute lessons with my Dad when I was in third grade. I started playing flute and piccolo with the school band in 4th grade. After graduating from QHS in 1977 I attended University of Arizona in Tucson on a music scholarship. It was wonderful to play in the marching and symphonic bands, as well as with the orchestra.

    In addition to your family, who else has inspired you? I've been lucky enough to have many great influences over the years. I studied with Mrs. Pat George and also with Jan Scott (from the STL Symphony). Since I grew up in Quincy, I had great conductors in junior and senior high - Mr. Paul Duker, Mr. Eddie Allen, Mr. Wayne Pyle and Mr. Dan Sherman. They challenged their students and really developed my love of music.

    Any advice to those who have not played for years? The Quincy Concert Band is a great way to restore your musical interests. Even if you haven't played for years, please come and enjoy our Fall and Spring Concerts. Maybe you'll decide to join us! We work hard to rehearse and perform but everyone really enjoys the challenge...and the final results. We are a positive and supportive group of musicians.

    Concert Band Presents "Cornerstones" on St. Patrick's Day

    For well over 100 years, wind ensembles have performed pieces considered cornerstones for wind bands, and the Quincy Concert Band will bring many of these greatest hits to the stage.

    The band will present “Cornerstones” at 2:30 pm, Sunday, March 17, in Morrison Theater in Quincy Junior High School.

    Conductor Dr. Trent Hollinger will lead the band through cornerstone pieces composed over the last 120 years, from the 1899 John Philip Sousa march “Hands Across the Sea” to Wayne Oquin’s 2014 award-winning “Affirmation,” that explores the often conflicting emotions that encompass the human condition: life and death, love and loss, darkness and light.

    “Many iconic composers have crafted works that continue to inspire and challenge musicians every day. I cannot think of a better way to showcase the Quincy Concert Band than performing some of these cornerstones for our audience,” Hollinger said.

    Included in the performance will be Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in E-flat,” which is considered by many to be the first piece composed for the modern wind band,” and “Divertimento,” by Vincent Persichetti, who originally started writing the piece with an orchestra in mind. Midway through the prologue, which featured the brass tossing the woodwinds back and forth movement, Persichetti realized strings were never going to enter and completed it for band.

    There is no charge for admission. However, donations are accepted to assist with the band’s expenses.

    The Quincy Concert Band is an all-volunteer wind ensemble that performs a spring and fall concert each year. Members of the band come from all walks of life. The band rehearses weekly leading up to performances.

    For information or to join the band, please contact Dr. Hollinger at or Board of Directors President John Schneider at 217-257-4953 or at The band can also be found online at and on Facebook.

  • March 07, 2019 8:37 AM | Deleted user

    The Quincy Senior High School Show Choir and Jazz Band along with dozens of other jazz bands and show choir from across the Tri-States are preparing for the 27th Annual Showcase of Excellence this Saturday, March 9! This musical tradition will light up the center stage of Quincy Senior High School, located at 3322 Maine Street.

    A single admission ticket may be purchased at the theatre entrance or the gymnasium entrance the day of the event and is priced at $12 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are good for all performances. Visitors can come and go as they please throughout the day, choosing the astounding sounds of the jazz bands in the QHS gym, or the razzle dazzle of show choirs in the QHS Theatre. The judges will offer targeted feedback on their performances as well as an overall competition score. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the day’s events with the Grand Champion Trophy presented at the high-spirited finale in the QHS Theatre.

    Other activities of the day will include the karaoke-style solo competition where the stars of tomorrow are showcased. Visitors will be able to cast their vote for the Peoples' Choice Awards in both jazz and show choir categories. Food and beverages will be available in the QHS cafeteria.

    This event is made possible through the hard work of many volunteers and the Friends of the Performing Arts. Proceeds help support music programs at all grade levels throughout the school system.

    “We are very fortunate to have an event such as Showcase of Excellence each year,” said Kathi Dooley, Director of Music for the Quincy Public Schools. “All proceeds from this event are used as fundamental support for music and fine arts education throughout the Quincy Public Schools K-12. We are so grateful to the volunteers, parents, alumni and QPS students who work diligently to bring Showcase to life each year. It is really a great festival that benefits the entire Quincy community and the talented students who attend."

    As hosts for the day, the QHS Show Choir and Jazz Band will perform in exhibition at the end of the event, after working behind the scenes to make the day a success!

    For performance times and more information, visit, the Showcase of Excellence Facebook page, or contact the QHS music department at 217-224-3774.

  • March 05, 2019 9:38 AM | Deleted user

    QSOA: British Invasion
    Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm
    Salem Evangelical United
    Church of Christ (435 S. 9th)

    QAYO: Spring Concert
    Sunday, March 10 at 7 pm
    Kroc Center
    (405 Vermont St.)

    Symphony Chorus To Rock During British Invasion Concert

    Get British-mania when you hear Quincy Symphony Chorus sing the most popular and your favorite British pop songs during its spring concert at 7:30 pm Saturday, March 9 in Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ.

    British Invasion will take you on a magical musical tour from mop tops to folk songs and theatre hits. The chorus performs pops from favorite British artists including The Beatles, Queen, Elton John, Gilbert and Sullivan and many others. The Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Phyllis Robertson.

    Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors available in advance or at the door or in advance at Quincy County Market, Hy-Vee and Sturhahn Jewelers. Children 18 and under are admitted free to all concerts and are encouraged to attend.

    The following day, you're invited to the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra's Spring Concert at 7 pm, Sunday, March 10, at the Kroc Center, 405 Vermont Street.

    Under the direction of Dr. Rich Cangro, the orchestra will perform a repertoire of “Overtures for Every Mood.” Pieces include “Orpheus in the Underworld,” “Overture to Nabucco” and “Kirkpatrick Fanfare.” Admission to the concert is free with donations encouraged.

    The 2018-2019 QAYO consists of 40 talented musicians from across the Tri-State area. Each of the members was selected for the orchestra based on auditions held this past October. The student musicians come together weekly for rehearsals. Their first performance will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10 when they join the Quincy Symphony Orchestra side-by-side for “Colas Breugnon Overture,” during the Legends & Lore concert.

    For more information call the symphony office at 217-222-2856 or visit

  • February 25, 2019 2:14 PM | Deleted user

    Quincy organizations are offering scholarship opportunities and distinguished awards for area high school students this spring.

    Quincy Preserves is offering two $1,000 scholarships for Adams County high school seniors. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university, technical school or community college in the fall of 2019. Applicants are asked to submit an essay relating to a local building and why it is worthy of preservation. Essays may include the building’s history, interesting facts, current preservation efforts and what future preservation efforts could look like.

    Download the application here and return it with transcripts by Sunday, March 3 to Brandon Smith, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at or by mail to Scholarship Committee, Quincy Preserves, PO Box 1012, Quincy, IL 62303.

    John Wood Community College’s Fine Arts Department will hold auditions for music scholarships and portfolio reviews for visual arts scholarships on Friday, April 5.

    High school seniors, first-time college students and transfer students from other colleges interested in auditioning for full or partial instrumental or vocal scholarships to JWCC for the 2019-20 academic year are encouraged to register before April 4 for priority appointments. Students may also audition on the day of the event without an appointment.

    Students should prepare at least two contrasting vocal or instrumental pieces for the audition. An accompanist will be provided, but students may bring their own if preferred.

    For information and to set an appointment for a music audition, contact Dr. Steven Soebbing, JWCC instructor of music and theatre, at 217.641.4999 or

    Visual arts scholarships are also available for high school seniors, first-time college students and transfer students from other colleges who major in art or graphic design at JWCC during the 2019-20 academic year. Students may have portfolios reviewed on the day of the event without an appointment.

    Portfolios should include 10 to 20 completed pieces of students’ very best work. Students should be prepared to discuss the thought process behind their work as well as the methods used and time spent on each piece.

    For information and to schedule an appointment, contact Chris Wiewel, JWCC chair of fine arts, at 217.641.4517 or Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accommodated.

  • February 22, 2019 2:49 PM | Deleted user

    Muddy River Opera Company has again collaborated with the performing arts departments at Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College and Quincy University to produce John Davies’ adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, this year’s Educational Opera Outreach selection. We all know this classic tale but this operatic version of the story is humorous, heart-warming and teaches a valuable lesson while introducing opera to a new audience.

    “Participating in Opera Outreach gives our singers a taste of operetta,” says Amy Stollberg, Director of Choirs at Quincy University. “It is a great educational tool for the college level and the kids just love the stories. There are many funny elements and humor in this performance which will make it a pure delight for all ages!”

    Pictured are (left-right) Camryn Current, narrator (QU); Rachel Reinbeck, Jack’s mother (QU); Makayla Briggs, Jack (JWCC); Austin Owen, Giant (JWCC) and Grace Riley, the giant’s wife (QU). Additional roles are played by Casey Pigg (QU) and Austin Kohlhepp (QU). The show is managed and directed by Connie Phillips, with choir direction by Amy Stollberg, M.ED., director of choirs at QU and Dr. Steven Soebbing, Instructor of Music & Theater at JWCC. Accompaniment is provided by Laura Kammerer.

    Living in poverty with his mother, Jack sells the family cow to a mysterious dustman for a handful of beans. When he returns home and shows his mom the scrawny seeds, she throws them out a window in despair. The beans take root and in the moonlight a magical stalk grows to the sky. Jack finds himself in the castle of a very large oaf and his kindly, haggard wife. Learning that this giant has taken his father’s golden hen, Jack, with the help of the Giant’s wife, stealthily takes it back. The Giant, in pursuit of Jack, receives a bump on the head after falling from the beanstalk, causing him to forget he’s supposed to be “bad.” Realizing all the trouble he had caused, the Giant resolves to behave well, agreeing that consideration for others requires people large and small to treat other people as they would want to be treated.

    You’re invited to the first public performance that will take place Sunday, March 3 at 3 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, located at 333 S. 36th St. in Quincy. The show is free of charge so bring your family and friends with you! Free will donations will be accepted at the door. The show will be on the road with a portable set to Illes, Baldwin, Ellington and Payson elementary schools on March 4 and 5.

    Save the date for the free public performances by C-SC performing arts students on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm at Merillat Hall on campus and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 28 in the Lewis Street Playhouse in downtown Canton. The group is directed by Dr. Carol Mathieson. The group will tour Missouri schools on April 29 and 30.

    For more information about the program call 217-228-5090 or email To learn more about Muddy River Opera Company visit

  • February 19, 2019 11:57 AM | Deleted user

    The public is invited to the annual tour of the Dr. Richard Eells House on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1-4 pm, located at 415 Jersey St. The event is free and the public is welcome.

    The event celebrates Black History and Dr. Eells' role in helping area slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad System. This year’s program, Unsung Heroes, will feature a kaleidoscope of stories, song, poetry and discussion tying into some of Quincy’s unsung heroes.

    Mett Morris, of Quincy, will lead a discussion with song complimenting these stories of heroes in Quincy history. The program will celebrate the lives of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first black priest in America, William “Billy” Dallas, the first black Quincy police officer to die in the line of duty in Illinois, and Col. George Iles, World-War II Tuskegee Airman.

    "These influential Quincyans have received deserved recognition in recent years and we will celebrate their lives and contributions during this year’s open house," said Dave Oakley.

    Dr. Richard Eells' and his home in Quincy played a historic role in the struggle to end slavery and help those trying to escape its demeaning grip.

    On an August night in 1842, Charley, a runaway slave from Missouri, knocked on the back door of Dr. Richard Eells at 415 Jersey Street in Quincy. Charley was seeking freedom and Dr. Eells, an active Quincy Abolitionist, was there to help. While transporting Charley to the next site on the underground railroad, a posse searching for Charley stopped Eells’ carriage at an area that is now Madison Park and Charley fled. Regretfully, he was later found and returned to slavery in Missouri.

    For his part in the rescue, Dr. Eells was prosecuted through the courts, starting with Circuit Judge Stephen Douglas in Quincy, then the Illinois Supreme Court and finally to the US Supreme Court. While Dr. Eells was prosecuted and Charley did not find his freedom that night, we invite you to join us to celebrate their efforts to find freedom for all in the pre-Civil war era and celebrate the unsung heroes after the civil war era. The Dr. Richard Eells house is a documented site on the underground railroad.

    In addition to entertainment and discussions on Black History, the board of Dr. Richard Eells house will thank the public for its annual support.

    "The house is the oldest brick home in Quincy and maintaining it in pristine fashion is no small undertaking. The organization is especially appreciative to those who have supported recent campaigns and the organization's ongoing efforts to repair the roof and weather damage," Oakley said.

    The Eells House offers a wide range of local history. Besides the program, you can also view and learn about the work done to refurbish the house and its period furnishings and fixtures. While the program is free, donations are fully tax deductible and any financial support is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made to the “Friends of the Dr. Richard Eells House”, and mailed to P.O. Box 628, Quincy, IL 62306.

    Refreshments will be served, so please join to celebrate this important piece of Quincy and U.S. history. For more information, please call 217-257-7647.

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