Brittany Schmutzler Lindsay Perala-Dewey

Above: Brittany Schmutzler, Lindsay Perala-Dewey

Below: James Hornor, Janet Lyu

James Hornor Janet Lyu
Civic Orchestra to Give Annual Concerto/Aria Concert

February 16, 2009

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 on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Conducted by Professor Steven Eggleston, the Orchestra will perform C. Saint Saens’ Dance Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah and Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. The Orchestra will also perform Salce, Salce (Willow Song) from Otello by Giuseppe Verdi; Violoncello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann; Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland and Tanzlied des Pierrot by Erich Wolfgang Korngold; and Concerto No. 5 in A minor Op. 37 by Henri Vieuxtemps. The pieces will feature the following soloists, respectively:

• Brittany Schmutzler, Class of 2010, a music education major from Aurora, Ill. (vocal performance).

• Lindsay Perala-Dewey, Class of 2009, a cello performance major from Duluth, Minn.

• James Hornor, Class of 2009, a vocal performance major from Downers Grove, Ill.

• Janet Lyu, Class of 2011, a violin performance major from Vernon Hills, Ill.

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

Contact: Jessica Block, (309) 556-3181