School of Music to Present Wind Ensemble Concert

Jan. 27, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –Illinois Wesleyan’s Wind Ensemble will perform on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (600 N. East St., Bloomington).

The concert will be directed by Professor of Music Steven Eggleston, and will feature guest composer Michael Schelle.  The concert will be the Illinois premiere of Schelle’s piece, THE END OF THE WORLD, inspired by the end-of-time prophecy of Nostradamus as well as the great earthquake and tsunami that leveled northern Japan last March.  The piece was commissioned by a consortium group of 35 university and professional symphonic ensembles, and each will perform the work before Dec. 21, 2012. 

Schelle holds degrees from Villanova University, the Hartt School (CT), Trinity College of Music, London, UK, and a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota.  He published a book called The Score and has worked on the scores of Hollywood films such as The Mummy, G Men from Hell and Bikini Prison.

The program will also include the pieces, Serenade in E-flat major, op. 7, by Richard Strauss, Overature to “Colas Breugnon” by Dmitri Kabalevsky, Paris Sketches by Martin Ellery, March form Symphonic Metaphorphosis by Paul Hindemith and Sanctuary by Frank Ticheli. 

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

Contact: Courtney Keenan, ’12, (309) 556-3181, univcomm@iwu.edu