Ohio Arts Council

Black Squirrel Inn - The Official Guest Residence of the Wooster Chamber Music Series

25th Anniversary Benefit Concert

Featuring the Emerson String Quartet
Sept. 20, 2009; First Presbyterian Church, Wooster, Ohio

Dr. Ted Williams with the Emerson String Quartet

The late Dr. Ted Williams (center) shares a laugh with the Emerson String Quartet.

I don’t think Ted Williams knew what he was setting in motion 25 years ago when he began the Wooster Chamber Music Series. Ted always loved music, but he developed a passion for chamber music when he was on a sabbatical leave one year in Pittsburgh. The Wooster Chamber Music Series has become his dream fulfilled, born out of that passion and his desire to share that music with this community. The remarkable success of our series is owed not only to that passion of Ted’s but also to those who collaborated with him early on: Joe Fishelson, who contributed to the initial financial boost; Dr. Sam Cho, of Pittsburgh, who showed Ted how to approach agents; and Roberta Looney, who worked side by side with Ted over many years when the concerts were housed at the Wayne Center for the Arts.

I have tried, also with the help of a few close friends and associates, most notably, Isobel Matson, to continue the legacy of bringing this world-class music to Wooster. There are many to whom we are indebted. Many of you have been faithful supporters who have joined us in the enjoyment of this music. You have indicated by that support that this effort is valued in this community and it is your support that sustains us. It is our hope that many others of you will discover tonight that you too, find this music to be a delicious experience. The late Ruth Rhodes was one of the series’ most ardent fans, and it was through her generosity that the endowment fund was first established. The proceeds from tonight’s concert will, of course, add to that endowment through the Theodore R. Williams Memorial Fund for Chamber Music, at the Wayne County Community Foundation.

Over the years, in his own inimitable way, Ted developed enduring, close friendships with many of the musicians who performed in the series, none more valued than that with the members of the Emerson String Quartet. There is no clearer demonstration of that than their generosity in sharing, in Ted’s memory, their world-recognized musicianship with us in this benefit appearance. Our deepest thanks to them, and to you.

Yvonne C. Williams

Since we first played in Wooster in the late 1980s, we were impressed by the dedication and sophistication of Ted Williams and other members of the community who supported the series of chamber music concerts that he directed. We have played in Wooster almost every season since that time, and have always tried to carve a Sunday out of our busy touring schedule to re-connect with our friends and audience, first at the Wayne County Center for the Arts and now at The College of Wooster. With the passing of Ted Williams, this city lost a pillar of its educational and musical communities; we performers also keenly felt the loss, on both musical and personal levels. We are so grateful that Wooster is continuing to present concerts in the spirit of Ted Williams, and are happy that we can help to perpetuate the series and do honor to the memory of one of the town's outstanding citizens.

Eugene Drucker
on behalf of the Emerson String Quartet

Benefit Programpdf

Thanks to those who helped to make this event a success

Noble Foundation

Wayne Boettner & Hildegard K. Wiss-Boettner
Tom & Libby Bruch
Sarah J. Buck & Nick Amster Fishelson
Kenneth & Susan Edmiston
Julia Fishelson
Stan & Flo Gault
Ron & Prue Holtman
Jay Klemme & Anne Wilson
Tom & Lee Limbird
Cyril Ofori & Amelia Laing
Performance Volkswagen Toyota
Stephanie & Mike Reardon
Ken & Jill Shafer
Smucker Foundation
Steve & Cheryl Shapiro
Mary Alice Streeter
Yvonne Williams
Harry, Kathy, Andrew, Jeffrey and Christy Zink

Thank You
Buehler's Food Markets
First Presbyterian Church
Friendly Wholesale
Cally King of Cally Graphics
Mike Mariola of South Market Bistro
Jeannine Snyder of J9 Catering
TJ’s Restaurants
Deanna and Andy Troutman of Troutman Vineyards
Wayne County Community Foundation
Chris Whitemyer of Liberty Studios
Fong Wong of The Black Squirrel Inn
Wooster Community Hospital
Wooster Printing and Litho
Bob Workman of Omahoma Bob's Barbeque

Benefit Sponsors

Calla Lily Yarn & Gifts
Gallery in the Vault
Shisler's Cheese House
Roberts Funeral Home
Peter James Web Design
Spa Collections
The Wooster Book Company
The Wooster Inn Pub

Benefit Dinner

Over 160 people enjoyed dinner prepared by the Planning Committee in Bruch Hall at First Presbyterian Church before the concert.

Planning Committee

Sarah J. Buck
Jarrod Hartzler
Tricia James
Cameron Maneese
Bill Sheron
Carolyn Sheron
Yvonne Williams


Eric Gastier
First Presbyterian Youth Group
Tim Hall
Tom & Jan Krivos
Solomon & Louisa Oliver
Jeff Paschal
Presbyterian Women & FPC
Margaret Powell
Todd & Laurel Sheron
Marilyn Tanner