Orchestras to Perform Free Concert

November 12, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds will give a concert on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (600 N. East St., Bloomington). 

The event is free and open to the public. 

Assistant Professor of Music Roger Garret will conduct the Symphonic Winds in their performance of Mendelssohn’s Overture for Winds, Op. 24, Ticheli’s Nitro and Grainger’s Children’s March (Over the Hills and Far Away). David Morrison will guest conduct Giovannini’s Choral and Capriccio and Jason Landes will guest conduct Ticheli’s Vesuvius

Under the direction of Morrison, the Wind Ensemble will perform Fucik’s The Florentiner, Ticheli’s Symphony No. 2, Grainger’s Shepherd’s Hey and Daugherty’s Niagara Falls

Morrison received his formal training in music at the University of Illinois, where he earned his Music Education B.S. in 1973 and his Masters in 1977.  From 1973 to 1977 he was Director of Bands at East Richland High School in Olney, Ill.  From 1977 until 2006, he was the Director of Bands at Prospect High School, in Mt. Prospect, Ill., where he developed and maintained a nationally recognized band program for 29 years. Although recently retired, Morrison continues to guest conduct, clinic, and adjudicate music groups throughout the U.S. and the world.

Landes, Illinois Wesleyan class of 1996, is in his sixth year as director of bands at University High School in Normal.  Before that he was director of bands and high school chorus at the Lexington, Ill. School District for seven years.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music Education degree from Illinois State University with a concentration in woodwind pedagogy.

For additional information, contact the School of Music office at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181