Wind Ensemble to Present First Outdoor Concert

The Wind Ensemble will perform in the gardens of the Ewing Mansion.

Sept. 21, 2015   

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s Wind Ensemble will present its first ever outdoor concert in Bloomington Oct. 2 on the grounds of the Ewing Cultural Center, 48 Sunset Road.  

The “Music at the Manor” program includes music inspired by different cultures or events from around the world, according to conductor Lev Ivanov. The first work on the program, Frank Ticheli’s “An American Elegy,” was composed following the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Composter William Schuman, the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, was so inspired by the George Washington Bridge that he composed a piece about it. Other works on the program include Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” Hanson’s “Chorale and Alleluia,” Gandolfi’s “Vientos y Tangos” and Ginastera’s “Danza Final (Malambo).”

The 32-member Wind Ensemble is comprised of the top wind and percussion students at Illinois Wesleyan. The group has worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers and tours regularly.

“We are excited to be performing in the gardens of the Ewing mansion,” said said Ivanov, visiting assistant professor of music. “As we bring the Wind Ensemble into the community, we invite audiences of all ages and interests to come and enjoy great music.”

The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the concert will take place in Westbrook Auditorium on the Illinois Wesleyan campus (1210 Park St., Bloomington).