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.