CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) Since 1902, the Tuesday Morning Music Club in Springfield has been delighting audiences, and they don’t plan on slowing down! Jerry Noble and Lisa Woods gave us a little preview.
About the Tuesday Morning Music Club:
Established in 1902, in Springfield, MA, the Tuesday Morning Music Club has kept alive a long tradition of interaction between the professional instrumental and vocal musicians of the Pioneer Valley and the many music lovers of the region. Many of our performers teach, perform in this country, and abroad but still continue to appear at our venue.
The Tuesday Morning Music Club also supports the Junior Extension which was established to encourage young talented and gifted students to perform monthly at public recitals.
Our Board of Directors, who are professionals in other fields, devote many hours of volunteer time to keep chamber music alive.
We are a club of about 275 members who meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month from October through May.
Our objective is to stimulate the musical interests of our members, and to offer rich musical experience to the community as well. The TMMC is unique in that it showcases exceptional local talent and provides a number of free concerts each year to which the community is invited to attend.
We regularly designate particular concerts as Special Event Days. We have an annual Junior Extension Day when we showcase our young members to the Tuesday Morning Music Club Junior Extension. Other, less regular, events include Recognition Day when local members of the club are recognized for their contributions, Springfield Symphony Orchestra Day when we feature guests connected with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Membership Day, and President’s Day. In addition, two of our twelve year programs–our Artist Programs–feature top name classical musicians from outside our area. A reception follows most of the programs where the audience can meet and greet the artists and where friendships flourish between music lovers. At the close of our season, a luncheon follows the annual meeting. Some of our local members have set up funds to be used for scholarships for our young people in the Junior Extension. Each year a Scholarship Concert is held and awards are given out to some of the deserving youngsters in the Junior Extension.
Each year we have a varied group of concerts determined by the Program Committee. Most of our Active Performing Members of the Club are professional musicians. Throughout the year they provide outstanding musical performances including solo and ensemble instrumental and vocal programs. In order to feature our organists, we hold some concerts at area churches and other venues where these magnificent instruments are installed.
In the past we have had several two-piano concerts featuring artists such as award-winning Yamaha Artists and sisters Christina and Beatrice Long, and the brilliant Russian pianists Leo Makarov and Galina Gertsenzon. We also present lighter show music where we have featured double pianos with Charles Page and Tom Slowick. We co-sponsor programs with other musical groups in the community and have featured concerto winners of the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra Competition, a variety of SSO musicians, and Maestro Kevin Rhodes himself. Our Guest Artists have included the Epic Brass Quintet and the fabulous pianist and composer Joel Martin of Jazzical fame. TMMC has hosted hundreds of extraordinary musical programs over the years that have delighted our audiences.