The metro-east will be alive with the sound of music this weekend, from flute to percussion, chamber intrumentals to Austrian "Sounds of Courage." There's something for everyone.
'Flute for the Soul'
Flutist Courtney King will present "Enliven Flute for the Soul" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Union United Methodist Church in Belleville.
King, a musician and instructor who lives in O'Fallon, graduated from DePaul University School of Music and began her career as a member of the Air Force Band of Flight in Dayton, Ohio, where she performed on flute and piccolo as well as jazz vocals.
The multimedia concert will also feature Mathew Mazzoni, pianist and adjunct piano faculty member at Webster University; Christopher Haughey, bassist with the Air Force Band of Mid-America and DMA graduate of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; Stephanie Hunt, cellist and teacher with the Southern Illinois University Suzuki string program; and Heidi Strong, art student at the University of Wisconsin who creates artwork visualizing the joy and passion of the Christian walk of life.
The program will include "Come Thou Font of Every Blessing," "My Faith Looks Up to Thee," "Duo for Flute and Piano" by Aaron Copland, "Bouree" by J.S. Bach and "Zoom Tuba."
A freewill offering will be accepted. A reception follows the concert.
Union United is at 721 East Main St. in Belleville.
'Sounds of Courage'
You -- and everyone else -- can say you heard it first in Mascoutah.
The acclaimed 60-piece Northwinds Concert Band from Richfield, Minn., will present the American premiere of "Sounds of Courage," a new work by Austrian composer Otto M. Schwarz, at 3 p.m. Sunday in Mascoutah High School Auditorium.
Schwarz's powerful piece honors members of the White Rose, a group of courageous young people who risked their lives opposing Hitler.
The program will include music inspired by acts of courage, from soldiers' acts of bravery ("Band of Brothers," "Black Granite March" and "Missing Man"); a girl's resistance to injustice ("Hairspray"); to brave souls confronting the Wicked Witch of the West ("The Wizard of Oz"). Guest soloists are volcalist Patricia Scanlon and Charles Wilkes on tuba.
Reserved tickets for the concert are $5 in advance, and $10 at the door. They can be purchased at Mascoutah City Hall, the Mascoutah Heritage Museum, Mascoutah Hardware, Mascoutah Public Library and Flowers, Balloons, Etc. Proceeds will benefit the Mascoutah Heritage Museum.
A Bavarian buffet reception follows the concert at Roemer Topf Restaurant, 1415 McKinley St. Reservations are required at 618-566-4884.
The White Rose Group also will be featured in the photo exhibition "Long Live Freedom" from 2:30 to 5 p.m. today through Tuesday in the high school lobby. It's the first stop on a national tour.
For information, call 618-566-2964, ext. 122, or go to mascoutah.com or northwindsband.org
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's chamber ensemble performs a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.
The ensemble will feature violinist Ellen dePasquale and Kevin Cobb playing trumpet.
DePasquale is the acting associate concertmaster for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest concertmaster with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestra Institute and the Sangat Music Festival in Mumbai, India.
Cobb is a member of the American Brass Quintet and a faculty member of the Juilliard School in New York City. He is a faculty member at the Hartt School and Stony Brook University-New York, and has played with Metallica, Peter Gabriel and James Taylor.