By Jim Elias
Wesley United Methodist Church presents two shows in March as part of its Jackson Concert Series.
The Tesla Quartet will perform Wednesday, March 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet has won numerous prizes and music competitions. Through community involvement and outreach, the group has brought inspiring music to children’s hospitals, soup kitchens, libraries, retirement communities, and schools. The Tesla Quartet contains Ross Snyder (violin), Michelle Lie (violin), Edwin Kaplan (viola), and Serafim Smigelskiy (cello).
On Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m., the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio will perform at Wesley. This concert was previously scheduled for March 8.
Pianist Michael Brown, violinist Elena Urioste, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis have established themselves as three of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the classical music scene today. They have performed in prestigious venues across the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center.
Tickets for the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio performance will be available beginning March 12.
The Jackson Concert Series is funded from a trust left to Wesley United Methodist Church. Robert S. Jackson, a prominent Muscatine attorney, established this legacy as a memorial to his wife, Elizabeth, and his parents, Douglas and Alberta Jackson. Jackson’s will specified that trust income be used by Wesley United Methodist Church to support their music program and provide a series of Jackson Concerts to be free and open to the general