The Thursday Morning Music Club will be presenting a concert featuring a steel drum ensemble headed by Richard Rudolph. Mr. Rudolph is the driving force behind Roanoke’s Quest School of Music, which features instruction in traditional (piano, violin, etc.) instruments as well as more exotic folk instruments such as marimbas, dulcimer, and steel drum.
The steel drum has been a passion of Mr. Rudolph and his wife, Delilah, for the last 15 years, when they were first exposed to it on a summer cruise. The current steel drum group consists of 30 members who perform with the Rudolphs at area churches, conventions, retirement homes, area schools as well as local festivals.
The Thursday Morning Music Club was formed in 1908 to create a broader appreciation of music, develop individual music and dance talent, and to support musical entertainment in the Roanoke Valley. Over the years, the organization was instrumental in the creation of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, and the Choral Society.
The organization sponsors a series of seven concerts, from October to May, the proceeds of which are used to fund scholarships which are given to promising singers, musicians and dancers. The Thursday Morning Music Club is affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs.
Richard Rudolph’s Pan Beautiful Classical Steel Drums will perform on Sunday, May 19, 2013 – 3:00 pm at Grandin Court Baptist Church – 2660 Brambleton Avenue. Donations are welcome to support the Thursday Morning Music Club (TMMC) Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Jean Frazier at 540-345-0393 or go to www.tmmc-roanoke.org/