Symphonic Winds and University Choir to Perform

Feb. 6, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music’s Symphonic Winds and University Choir will perform in concert on Feb. 13. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall.

The program for Symphonic Winds, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Roger Garrett, will include: “March of the Students’ Legion” by Bedřich Smetana and arranged for band by Václav Nehlybel, “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” by David Holsinger, “A Longford Legend” by Robert Sheldon, and “Joy Revisited” by Frank Ticheli.

“Robert Sheldon is a composer who lives in central Illinois, and Frank Ticheli and I played in the University of Michigan’s Symphony Band together,” said Garrett. “It’s always great to play a piece of a composer we know.”

The Symphonic Winds is an ensemble of approximately 50 auditioned students, who perform sophisticated concert band repertoire.

Conducted by Visiting Instructor of Music Education Andrew N. Dahan, the University Choir is a mixed ensemble of approximately 60 members and performs sacred and secular choral literature of different periods and styles. For the Feb. 13 concert, the choir will perform "Dirait-On" by Morten Lauridsen, "Five Hebrew Love Songs" by Eric Whitacre, and "If Music Be the Food of Love" by David D. Dickau. In addition, the University Choir Women will present "Hello, Girls" by Lloyd Pfautsch, and the University Choir Men will perform "I Wished to be Single Again" by John A. Ricketts.

"When I saw that this concert was to take place the day before Valentine's Day, the theme of love immediately came to mind," said Dahan. "The repertoire University Choir will be singing is inclusive of the thought of love from a few different angles -- love of one's self, falling in love with another, the perils of falling in love, and love fueled by music." 

By Danielle Kamp ’15