Two Rivers Arts Council set to host “Bonnie and Friends” cello quartet on October 10

Published 11:19 am Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Two Rivers Arts Council will be presenting “Bonnie and Friends” at the Marengo County Museum History and Archives Museum at the Rosenbush building, 101 North Walnut. The cello quartet will perform at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10. The event is free to the public.

Dr. Bonnie J. Rice is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology and Church Music from Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham. She then graduated from The University of Alabama with a Master’s degree in Music. In December 2018, Dr. Bonnie received a doctoral degree in Musical Arts from Alabama. She plays the piano, organ, cello, and guitar. She frequently performs cello with the Starkville Symphony Orchestra in Starkville, Mississippi, and other regional orchestras.

The quartet will feature Dr. Bonnie, Laura Raymond, Donny Snyder, and Madison Swann. The group will also perform several different pieces such as Hornpipe, Theme from Brahms Symphony No. 1, Home on the Range, Largo from “New World Symphony,” Soldier March, and several others.

Two Rivers Arts Council member Lydia Randall said that the concert will have something for everyone from classical music to modern pieces.

“We’re happy to finally be able to present something and do something for the community. We planned things and then had to turn around and cancel because of COVID-19,” said Randall. “But now we finally get to share something with the community that we hope everyone will enjoy.”

Randall said they are looking forward to the performance and hopes the public will join them.

“We’re excited, and I think Dr. Bonnie is excited. I don’t know that she’s ever done anything like this before for our community,” said Randall. “The Marengo County History and Archives Museum is excited to have them come because the more people they can have in their place, the more people are exposed to what they have.”

Randall said the event will help promote both the Two Rivers Arts Council and the museum because it will draw people into their places of business.

“There are still so many people in Demopolis that don’t realize that we are here. We want to reach everyone, whether it be painting, music, pottery, or any kind of expression. We want to bring the arts in many different forms to people here in our area,” said Randall.

The Two Rivers Arts Council encourages people to wear masks during the event as it will be inside, but there are no requirements.

The Two Rivers Arts Council will also be accepting any donations visitors would like to make.