Waverly Chamber Music Series wants to bring together members of the community who enjoy music, including Wartburg students. Musicians often say that their inspiration to pursue music often came from another group or musician. People learn from the power of observation their entire lives, and that doesn’t stop once you reach adulthood. In the same way someone would learn a magician’s tricks, by watching and paying close attention, musicians can gain knew knowledge watching other musicians perform.
Waverly Chamber Music Series features many different styles of chamber music, and many different types of groups as well. It is very beneficial for a student to be exposed to all styles of music to increase their repertoire.
Watching concerts will help young musicians discover new sounds. Often, music students are exposed to high school, maybe some college, and one or two professional concerts before they transition into post-secondary education. Every music group has a different sound, different instruments, and different skill sets. Hearing a wide range of music is very important to expand a student’s musical knowledge.
If anything, watching other musicians perform is inspiring for a young student. Seeing the skills of a particular musician or group can encourage someone to continue practicing and improving their own abilities.
Waverly Chamber Music Series’ mission is to bring together members of the community. When Wartburg students attend a concert, they’re able to be around and talk with music lovers from all walks of life, and they’re not just exposed to other students and their experiences. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, both music and otherwise, and getting to know people outside of a peer group can help develop a student’s worldview.
Seeing a live concert with the community is a great way for Wartburg students to spend their time and expand their horizons.
The Waverly Chamber Music Series is pleased to announce the fourth concert in their 2017-18 inaugural season featuring The WolfGang.
The WolfGang performs instrumental chamber music from the time of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, playing on musical instruments of the type that were used during Mozart’s life. The fortepiano is a replica of a Stein fortepiano. The violin, viola and cello are either originals from the 18th century or are carefully modeled after 18th century instruments. The keyed flutes are copies of classical keyed flutes made by some of the great woodwind makers of the late 18th century. A Twin-Cities based ensemble, The WolfGang has been performing, recording, and touring for over 22 years in a style that “fits” the Mozart era.
For its Waverly Chamber Music Series debut, The WolfGang combines two curious quartets by Giuseppe Cambini with two magnificent trios by Franz Josef Haydn, topped off by a miracle: a new transcription by The WolfGang's flutist Paul Jacobson of Haydn’s MiracleSymphony, No. 96 in D Major. This will perhaps also be topped off with one of the groups magical favorites: the overture from Zauberflöte, also transcribed for The WolfGang by Paul.
Haydn’s “Miracle” Symphony earned its name because of a somewhat miraculous event at its premier performance in London. (The remarkable nature of this event will be revealed at the March 4th.) The symphony was composed and premiered in 1791, the same year as Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte (“The Magic Flute”), and, sadly, as Mozart’s untimely death.
The WolfGang will perform March 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Narthex of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School. The concert is free and open to the public.
Thank you to our talented performers and to all who attended our first very first concert! We heard from countless community members that they greatly enjoyed the music, atmosphere, and community gathering that our first concert provided.
Here's what a few of our board members had to say about the concert:
"Having Julia, Hannah, Ross, and Sean here to start the season was truly amazing! They are such incredible performers and the crowd welcomed them enthusiastically. What a great kick-off concert!" - Eric
"The concert was outstanding! The performances were excellent, the pieces performed were gorgeous, and the large audience's response was very enthusiastic. Bravo to all!" - Ted
"It was gratifying to see so many community members come together to see a wonderful group of talented musicians. The selections they chose for that day were complex and interesting; the group was engaging and dynamic. To see the community and musicians engaged in conversation after the concert really reaffirmed for me that the WCMS really is a treasure." - Penni
"The UNI Faculty Piano Quartet presented an intensely beautiful program, playing with unforgettable precision and passion. Within the gently live acoustic of the St. Paul's Narthex, we enjoyed an open, airy atmosphere, intimate enough to feel as one with the performers and fellow full-house audience members. This community vibe extended into a warm post-concert reception where audience and performers lingered and conversed freely over tasteful refreshments. An exceptional experience not to be missed, this is the beginning of something sensational." - Jennifer
We'd love to hear your feedback on our first concert! Like us on Facebook and leave us a review to tell us what you liked!
Thanks to our photographer, Dani Gordon, for the great shots of the concert!
The WCMS second concert of the 2017-18 season will feature Lumina, a professional women's ensemble based in the Twin Cities. Lumina is dedicated to the mystery, beauty, and hope inherent in music. and their programming draws from a rich well of musical sources including Medieval chants, Renaissance motets, folk song traditions, and works by living and local composers.
With a full schedule for 2017 and 2018, Waverly is the second stop in the ensemble's season of performances and their only Iowa appearance!
The performers of Lumina include Lina Kachelmeier, Artistic Director and Alto; Angela Grundstad, Soprano; Clara Osowski, Alto; and Kim Sueoka, Soprano.
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The WCMS Presents Lumina
When: Sunday, November 19th, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Where: St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School
301 First St. NW, Waverly, IA 50677
This and all WCMS concerts are completely free and open to the public.
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Dr. Ted Reuter has lived in Waverly and has served as a music faculty member at Wartburg College for the past 28 years. Ted is a Professor of Piano and teaches music history.
Ted is an original member of the former Wartburg Castle Chamber Series and is excited to continue to help bring outstanding chamber music to the Waverly community as a member of the WCMS board. Ted looks forward to utilizing his friendships with many outstanding music professionals throughout the region and bringing his love and passion for chamber music to the board.
Though Ted has too many favorite pieces of chamber music to choose just one, he is certain that the performances the WCMS has scheduled will provide an excellent, diverse musical experience for the Waverly and Cedar Valley community.
Dr. Jennifer Larson has lived in Waverly for the past 10 years and works as an Associate Professor of Music (Voice) at Wartburg College.
“As a performer/educator with a passion for the performing arts and their proven substantial benefit to individuals and communities, I am thrilled to be a part of an organization of professionals working to bring a steady offering of high quality musical experiences to the communities of the Cedar Valley,” said Jennifer.
Jennifer’s favorite piece of chamber music is the one she’s working on at any given time! In general, she really loves and enjoys music that awakens the intellect and erases boundaries between people.
About what she is most excited about with the WCMS, Jennifer said, “I get goosebumps thinking about the way these concerts will feed the seasoned lover of ‘classical’ chamber music. My vision and hope is that the WCMS concert experiences will lift individuals to a better version of themselves, and knit together the good people of Waverly and our surrounding communities as we engage in and strengthen human connections with one another.”
I am Pam Egli and am honored to be part of the Waverly Chamber Music Series board. I graduated from Wartburg College with an Elementary Education degree and taught in the Waverly-Shell Rock Community School district for 33 years teaching 6th grade, 7th and 8th grade language arts, and 4th grade. I currently serve as a substitute teacher. I earned my Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa and am a National Board Certified teacher. While at Wartburg College, I sang with the Castle Singers. I have been involved in music throughout my life. I enjoy many varieties of music and am excited to be part of an organization that provides opportunities to our community to come together to enjoy music. I also enjoy golf, playing bridge, and getting together with friends and family. Living in Waverly, I appreciate the cultural opportunities and look forward to expanding our music experiences through the Waverly Chamber Music Series.
I have lived in Waverly for 23 years during which I have raised two children and come to deeply appreciate the experience of living in a close-knit community. I have spent my career as a researcher and professor of ethnomusicology teaching at Wartburg College. Music is an amazing aspect of human expression, whether one is producing or listening to its performance. Being involved in a project where live music is offered to the community is deeply important to me and is an extension of the work I do every day.
Aside from my work in music, in 2011 I began a small business based on my graphic designs. Those skills and resources, as well as what I have learned from running a small business, allow me to contribute to the look and “face” of the series.
I adore so many kinds of music. I love chamber music because it allows for a closer relationship between performer(s) and audience. The performance space is more intimate and the response to the music can be so different compared to a larger concert hall. I also love that chamber music can offer music played by an incredible variety of instruments/voices. I am excited that the first season of the WCMS will highlight this incredible variety. I am also so happy to be part of a project that features the incredible talents and generosity of professional musicians in the Waverly, the Cedar Valley, and our neighboring states.
We are surrounded by world-renowned performers who, through the series, will be offering our community an amazing opportunity to experience great music and powerful artistry.
Hi! My name is Lori Nelson and I’m excited to be on the Waverly Chamber Music Series board. I moved to Waverly to attend Wartburg College in 1992 and never left! I formerly taught orchestra in the W-SR schools for 16 years. I now am a lawyer with The Sayer Law Group, P.C. in Waterloo, Iowa and occasionally perform with the Wartburg Community Symphony Orchestra.
I’m thrilled to serve on the board of the WCMS because I believe that our community is what we make it. This is a great addition to the quality of life in Waverly and the surrounding area. Chamber music is one of my favorite types of music to perform and listen to. The interaction among the musicians is what I love most about chamber music and that is best enjoyed live. I have a passion to share great music with new audiences.
My favorite piece of chamber music is The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. I heard the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra perform the The Seasons and the interpretation was so fresh that it was thrilling! I believe that the WCMS will be a fabulous addition to the cultural offerings of Waverly. Chamber music allows for an intimacy that is currently lacking in our cultural offerings in our city. The WCMS will also bring music literature to Waverly that is new to many.
Hi! My name is Kate Huffman and I’m so proud to be a board member for the Waverly Chamber Music Series. I currently live in Boston, MA, making me the board’s only current long-distance member! I work in marketing for a music educational travel organization and am a clarinet player. I graduated from Wartburg College in 2015 with a degree in music. I also have an MA in arts administration and cultural policy from Goldsmiths, University of London. While at Wartburg, I was so lucky to have been taught by wonderful music teachers (some of whom also serve on the WCMS board!) who provided me with opportunities to see and listen to professional musicians. Being able to interact with high-quality musicians and know what I might sound like one day if I kept practicing and working hard was incredibly inspiring.
During summer 2015, I worked for the City of Waverly as a cultural planner. I was fortunate to be able to help organize the Gentlemen of the Road stopover in June of that year and had a blast getting to know all of the other cultural organizers in the Cedar Valley area. I’m so excited to be part of the WCMS, an organization that is adding amazing cultural opportunities for people in Waverly and the Cedar Valley.