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Queen City Bronze presents Gems & Jazz with Joel Raney, Jane Holstein & Dav...
Sun, May 21, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Join us for an afternoon of music with Queen City Bronze and special guest artists Joel Raney on piano, Jane Holstein on organ, and conductor David Weck. Our program includes an eclectic mix of handbell classics, jazz standards, and piano-organ duets.
JOEL RANEY (b. 1956) started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.
Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger's instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year. In addition to publishing with Hope, Joel's work can be found in the catalogs of Heritage Press, Shawnee, Hal Leonard, Alfred, Fred Bock Music, Jubilate, and AGEHR.
Joel's interest in music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films.
Joel is a sought-after choral and keyboard clinician, and stays busy performing throughout North America as a piano soloist and in duo-concert with organist and fellow Hope Editor, Jane Holstein. They have released a CD recording of organ-piano duets; Kum Ba Yah, and Joel has four solo piano CD's to his credit; An Instrument of Your Peace; This Is My Story, This Is My Song; Overtures of Praise; and Images of Christmas. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, Il, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, Il. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.
For more information on Joel check out his website www.joelraney.com
JANE HOLSTEIN grew up in the Great Lake state of Michigan but has spent her adult life residing in Wheaton, Illinois with her husband, David L. Weck. Jane has served as editor with Hope Publishing Company for the last twenty years, and came on board to edit their the hymnal, Worship & Rejoice. Jane recently, compiled a new book of 200 hymns and songs entitled, Hymns of Promise. She stays busy as an arranger, clinician, organist, worship planner, grandmother of two, and concert artist. Upon graduating from Olivet Nazarene University, she continued her studies at the University of Kansas and went on to receive a doctorate of music from Northwestern University. Besides serving as music editor with Hope, where she oversees their choral, keyboard and instrumental publications, she is active in church music as Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest. It was at First Pres where she first met Joel Raney in 1996 ~ and since then, Jane has performed in concert at the organ console with pianist/composer, Joel Raney, and their program Keyboard Excursions has taken them throughout the United States in churches, colleges and music conferences.
DAVID L. WECK is the director of The Agape Ringers founded in 1992, and is delighted to be in his third decade with this talented ensemble of musicians. As music editor with Hope Publishing Company of Carol Stream, Illinois, he is responsible for the Agape division of the handbell catalog, which consists of more than 900 titles. David is in demand as a clinician throughout the year and has been director of numerous national and international handbell events, including the International Handbell Symposiums in Toronto, Canada (2004), Orlando, Florida (2008), and Osaka, Japan (2010). In 2005, he served as guest conductor for the Summer Workshop of the Handbell Ringers of Japan. He was honored to conduct the prestigious Distinctly Bronze events for 2012. In 2013 he was conductor of the Hong Kong Handbell Festival. David has served on the national board of the Handbell Musicians of America and was given the Area 8 Outstanding Service Award. In 2011, the national organization named him an Honorary Life Member. David has also been involved in choral music for over 40 years through music education, church music, and as assistant director of the Chicago Community Renewal Chorus. He and his wife, Jane Holstein, reside in Wheaton, Illinois, where they enjoy spending time with grandchildren, Becky and Jack, and entertaining friends and family.