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Symphonic Winds, Unlicensed Syncopation to Perform

Feb. 9, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s Symphonic Winds and vocal jazz ensemble Unlicensed Syncopation will present a concert on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Westbrook Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public, and will include works by Eric Whitacre, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and Gustav Holst. 

Unlicensed Syncopation was started in 2014 after students expressed an interest in forming a vocal jazz group. Director Andrew Dahan, visiting instructor of music at Illinois Wesleyan, has said that the main focus of the group is on contemporary style, which helps the group’s members to become well-rounded musicians. The group’s repertoire includes such pieces as London by Night, Bye Bye Blackbird and Strangers of the Heart

The Symphonic Winds concert wind ensemble, directed this semester by Professor of Music Ed Risinger, performs fun and challenging works from the wind band repertoire. Some of their pieces include October, National Emblem and Chant and Jubilo. 

Both groups are ensembles of Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Music.