James R.C. "Jim" Adams is honored Oct. 26, 2014.


Of note: Symphony honors longtime volunteer

Since 1979, James R.C. “Jim” Adams has written the program notes for every performance of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. On Sunday, Oct. 26, the MSO Board of Directors honored the longtime volunteer by naming the program notes for Adams.

“People look forward to those notes,” said Jim Riley, board president. “He puts a lot of work into them.”

The program notes are now officially designated as the Adams Program Notes, Riley said.

Well-known in North Manchester and at Manchester University as a volunteer, mentor, artist and teacher, Adams taught in the MU art, English, music and Spanish departments. The professor emeritus of art was honored in 2002 by Congress as U.S. Professor of the Year. He began working at the University in 1957.

He and his wife, Thelma Rohrer, live in North Manchester.

Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 26, 2014The MSO and University have a long history together. The symphony way founded in 1939 by citizens of Wabash County and what was then Manchester College. That partnership continues today, with a carefully crafted collaboration of professional and community musicians, along with selected faculty, staff, and student musicians from the University.

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra serves Wabash County and the region. 

Other performances this season:

  • Dec. 7 – Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by J.S. Bach with the MU A Cappella Choir and Manchester Symphony, in Cordier Auditorium
  • March 8 – Symphony No. 8, D. 759 (unfinished) by Schubert, in Cordier
  • April 26 – Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 (pastorale) by Beethoven, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash

This year, activities of the orchestra are supported by collaborations with the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation of Wabash County and the Honeywell Center.  New productions include the Piano Coffee Hour hosted by Timbercrest and the Peabody Retirement Community.  Also, look for performances by the MU Jazz Quartet sponsored by the MSO.

October 28, 2014

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