The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music’s Wind Ensemble will perform in concert
on Friday, Sept. 26. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held
at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall. Lev Ivanov, visiting assistant
professor of music, will conduct the performance.
Some of the program selections will include William Schumann's "Chester," American
composer Vincent Persichetti's "Pageant," and "Suite Francaise" by French composer
Darius Milhaud. The movements of "Suite Francaise" are named after the five French
provinces where Allied armies fought alongside French soldiers during World War II.
The work premiered in 1945.
Ivanov began teaching conducting at Illinois Wesleyan this fall. He is also music
director of Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra. The Ukrainian-born conductor has won
international chamber music and conducting competitions. He studied at the Tchaikovsky
National Academy of Music in Ukraine and received his doctorate from Arizona State
University (ASU). In Arizona he was assistant conductor of ASU Symphony Orchestra
and director of ASU Sinfonietta.
Founded more than 30 years ago by Professor Emeritus Steven W. Eggleston, the Wind
Ensemble is comprised of the top wind and percussion students at the University. The
ensemble specializes in performing contemporary pieces and has worked with world-renowned
and award-winning composers. In addition to performing on campus during the academic
year, the Wind Ensemble also participates in national music conferences and frequently
tours throughout the Midwest.