Summer concerts set at the Sycamore History Museum

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

August brings the last two summer concerts at the Sycamore History Museum. After being rained out in June, Phyllis Horst will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and Cymbal will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Both concerts are free thanks to sponsorship from the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

Horst came to Sycamore with her family in 1990. A former teacher, Horst has been telling stories throughout the area for many years at such places and events as Pay-It-Forward House’s Meet Me at the Fair, the Sycamore Public Library’s summer reading program and the Pumpkin Festival.

She tells stories and sings songs to audiences of all ages. With the help of her guitar, her humor, and her bag of strange things, she will travel to an imaginary world of frogs, princes and trips to the moon.

Cymbal has been making music together since 2001. While each of the group’s six members has years of musical experience, the women join together to stir listeners to consider new ways of thinking about the world. Skillfully weaving humorous songs with songs that evoke tears, Cymbal sings to build bridges, deepen compassion, and advocate for those beat down in body or spirit.

Cymbal’s musical repertoire includes folk, South African, Native American, traditional Appalachian, spirituals and original compositions. The group demonstrates vocal dexterity in its a cappella pieces, and members play a variety of instruments, including guitar, piano, dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele, percussion instruments and jug.

The members of Cymbal are the Rev. Linda Slabon, a Unitarian minister and a clinical social worker; Toni Tollerud, a presidential teaching professor at Northern Illinois University; Dr. Lynn McCanne, who has found a “second life” in music after living most of her adult life as a psychologist; Terri Mann-Lamb, owner of Sunn Flower Gourmet catering; Linda Matuszewski, who teaches accountancy at NIU; and Elisa Woodruff, a third year counseling student at NIU and former West Coast theater director.

Bring dinner, dessert, a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy a free family event. The concerts will be held at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main St. For more information, call 815-895-5762 or visit www.sycamorehistory.org.

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