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