Feb. 17, 2015
The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music will present its annual Henry Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria Concert Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA). The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature six students who were chosen as winners of the School of Music’s Concerto-Aria competition. This year’s soloists are Andrew Seidel ’15 (Flossmoor, Ill.), trombone; Zach Siegel ’15 (La Grange, Ill.), trombone; John Cossio ’15 (Lorton, Va.), baritone; Andrew Smelser ’15 (Plainfield, Ill.), clarinet; Jacklyn Klimczak ’15 (Des Plaines, Ill.), soprano; and Krystyna Lopez ’17 (Palatine, Ill.), violin.
The program will include “Ballade” written by Frank Martin and performed by Siegel; “Hai già vinta la causa” from “Le nozze di Figaro” written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and performed by Cossio; “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 26” written by Carl Maria von Weber and performed by Smelser; “O luce di quest’ anima” from “Linda di Chamounix” written by Gaetano Donizetti and performed by Klimczak; “Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra, Op. 4 II. Andante. Marcia funebre III. Allegro maestoso” by Ferdinand David and performed by Seidel; and “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 4 I. Allegro, molto appassionato” written by Felix Mendelssohn and performed by Lopez. The Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra will perform “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34” written by Benjamin Britten.
“I chose my piece because it’s one of the most famous violin concertos, and it allows for a lot of expression and interpretation as well,” said Lopez. “I’m really looking forward to this performance and the opportunity to play such a prestigious concert with such talented musicians.”
The concert, conducted by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Lev Ivanov and narrated by Provost and Dean of the Faculty Jonathan Green, honors the late Henry Charles, professor of voice and a member of the Alpha Lambda chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.
Each fall semester the Concerto-Aria competition begins with a preliminary round of students auditioning in front of three Illinois Wesleyan music faculty members. Students with the highest scores in preliminary rounds participate in a final round of auditions, judged by individuals outside of the University. Finalists perform at the Concerto-Aria concert.
“I think the biggest thing I have learned from this experience is that success comes more easily when you’re doing something you love,” said Seidel. “If you really enjoy playing a certain piece and you let go of what others may think of your playing, it’s easier to give a more relaxed and enjoyable performance.”
By Danielle Kamp ’15