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
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
• 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
Contact: Jessica Block, (309) 556-3181