Fall Choral Concert
October 22, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Music will present the
annual Fall Choral concert on Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m. at the Second Presbyterian
Church (313 N. East St., Bloomington).
The concert is free and open to the public.
Adjunct Instructor Michael Fitch will make his debut conducting the University choir,
while Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities J. Scott Ferguson will
conduct the Chamber Singers and the Collegiate Choir in the concert’s first performance
within the new sanctuary at the Second Presbyterian Church.
The featured work of the program is “Raua Needmine” (“Curse Upon Iron”) by Estonian
composer Veljo Tormis. The son of an amateur violinist and conductor, Tormis was
formally educated in music first at the Tallinn Conservatory, and later at the Moscow
Conservatory. His works are inspired by Estonian, Hungarian and Balto-Finnic folk
music traditions that were suppressed or replaced within the Soviet Union in the name
of unification and Russification. The featured piece draws upon Baltic shamanistic
The concert will also include choral works from the Renaissance to the contemporary
era by a variety of European and American composers in several languages, including
Latin, French, Slovak and Estonian. In addition to works by West European composers
like Faur, Finzi, Handel and Hassler, choral compositions by East European composers
Gretchaninoff, Kodly and Hrusovsky will be performed.
For additional information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.
Contact: Renee K. Scherer, (309) 556-3181