Amanda Fuerst Lucas Gullickson

Concerto/Aria soloists are, clockwise from top left: Amanda Fuerst, Luke Gullickson, Vera Stefanovich and Michael Lawton.

Michael Lawton Vera Stefanovich
Civic Orchestra to Perform Annual Concerto/Aria Concert

February 2, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The winners of Illinois Wesleyan University's annual Henry Charles Memorial Concerto/Aria Competition will be featured soloists in a concert given by the Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.

The concert, which will take place in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (110 E. Mulberry St., Bloomington), costs $10 for the general public, with discounts available for senior citizens, students and IWU alumni.

The four competition winners will perform the following pieces: junior Vera Stefanovich of Winetka, Ill., Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto;" senior Luke Gullickson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Listzt's "Piano Concerto No. 1;" junior Michael Lawton of River Forest, Ill., Debussy's clarinet "Rhapsodie" and senior Amanda Fuerst of Appleton, Wis., Mozart's "Flute Concerto."

The orchestra, under the direction of founder Steven W. Eggleston, professor of music at IWU, will also perform Verdi's "La Florza del Destino" and Stravinsky's "Firebird."  Now in its 22nd season, the IWU Civic Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of IWU students and Bloomington-Normal area musicians.

The concert is named in memory of the late Henry Charles, a member of Pi Mu Alpha Sinfonia national fraternity. The Alpha Lambda chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, whose IWU chapter was founded in 1924, has been a contributing sponsor of the concerto/aria concert since 1979.

For additional information, contact the Civic Orchestra Office at (309) 556-3346.

Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach, (309) 556-3181