IWU Halloween Concert to feature Jazz Ensemble and Unlicensed Syncopation

Halloween Concert
Superhero Jazz Ensemble members perform at the 2014 Halloween Concert.

Oct. 20, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Jazz Ensemble and vocal group Unlicensed Syncopation both will perform a concert of rock, pop and “funk” covers at the popular Jazz Halloween Concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in Westbrook Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public, and will feature music by Radiohead, The Beatles, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, and more, as well as a special joint performance between the two groups. Performers will appear in costume. Concertgoers are encouraged to come in costume as well, with prizes for the most creative costumes.

Unlicensed Syncopation, directed by Visiting Professor of Music Andrew Dahan, was started last year after students expressed an interest in forming a vocal jazz group. Dahan has said that the main focus of the group is on contemporary commercial style, which helps the group’s members to become well-rounded musicians.

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Timothy Pitchford, focuses on the jazz classics, and is comprised of both music and non-music majors. They have toured around the world, with more recent trips to Nashville, New York, Italy and Japan.

By Emily Phelps ’19