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Posted on: November 30, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Get in the Holiday Spirit with a Tuneful Tuesday

Photo: Karen McClintock, Crystal Duffee, and Cheryl Jordan, performers with Grace Notes Flutes.

The Rock Island Public Library’s noontime Tuneful Tuesday music series returns to the Downtown Library on December 6 with a note of holiday grace and relaxation.


First Tuneful Tuesday of the Library’s 2022-23 Season Features Grace Notes Flutes 

The Rock Island Public Library’s noontime Tuneful Tuesday music series returns with a note of holiday grace and relaxation.

Grace Notes Flutes kicks off the Rock Island Library’s five-month live music series with a free holiday community concert on Tuesday, December 6. The free lunchtime concert takes place from noon to 1:00 pm at the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. To start the holiday season with a warm holiday glow, the Grace Notes Flutes concert will include a mix of holiday classics and modern numbers. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to all ages.

Grace Notes Flutes was co-founded by Karen McClintock and Cheryl Jordan in 2000, with a third member, Crystal Duffee, joining in 2005. The Grace Note Flutes sound is often compared to a string quartet. Utilizing music for the bass flute, alto flute, C flute and piccolo, Grace Notes Flutes creates a diverse musical repertoire with specialized arrangements. In addition to maintaining their own private teaching studios, the three musicians perform frequently as soloists, and with local, regional, and national groups. (See more detailed bios below.)

Since December 2018, the library’s Tuneful Tuesdays live music series has been made possible by funding from long-time Rock Island patrons Carol and James Horstmann. The current series includes six free performances from December 2022 to April 2023.

For more information about Rock Island Library events and services, call 309-732-READ (7323), visit the library website or follow the Rock Island Library on social media.

More about Grace Notes Flutes: 

Karen McClintock, of Long Grove, enjoys performing on any and all of her flutes: bass flute, alto flute, C flute, Eb flute and piccolo. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and then a graduate assistantship, working on her M.S. in Education at North Dakota State University. She taught at Luther College and also in Bettendorf, Iowa. A busy soloist and ensemble performer, Karen has performed with Colorado Silver Winds Flute Orchestra, Sterling Municipal Symphony Band, Quad City Wind Ensemble, QC Music Guild, Countryside Community Theatre, QC Flutes Unlimited, QC Big Top Circus Band, and Joyful Harmonies Flute & Violin. Karen arranges many selections for Grace Notes and maintains a private teaching studio in the Quad City area.

Cheryl Jordan, of Moline, began playing flute at the age of 10 after returning from a school field trip to the Symphony. She received her bachelor's degree in Music Education from Augustana College, and has been active locally and nationally in music instruction and performance. She has performed with the Quad City Wind Ensemble, Quad City Flutes Unlimited, the Quad City Flute Association, and Elil Recorder Consort. She has performed for the National Flute Association Convention with the well-known Wind Sounds Flute Quartet. Cheryl maintains a private music studio in Moline.

Crystal Duffee, of Davenport, joined the group in 2005. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance. As a flutist, she has performed all over the county, including a peak experience in Washington, D.C., playing as one of 100 piccolos in a special mass band performance of The Stars and Stripes Forever. Crystal is a former member of the Quad City Flutes Unlimited and the Quad City Wind Ensemble, where she was principal flutist. Currently, besides playing with Grace Notes and maintaining a private teaching studio, she is principal flutist of the Sterling Municipal Band, and both the Clinton and Muscatine Symphony Orchestras.

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