Students to Present Original Compositions in Concert

Nov. 29, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Students at Illinois Wesleyan University will present their original compositions in concert on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. The event will be preceded by a 1 p.m. Improvisation Workshop Concert. Both performances are free and open to the public and will take place in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium.

The 3 p.m. concert will include two pieces by Paul Johnson '19, a math and physics double major and Hispanic studies minor, and an improvisation by music major Alexa Letourneau '20 and contemporary musicianship major Mark Mathison '20. The program will also feature two movements from Theresienstadt, an extended composition by music education major Bailey Knowles '19, that is based on the history of the Nazi concentration camp.

Students from the composition seminar will also perform two Conductions – conducted improvisations using a vocabulary of gestures – created by the late composer and jazz musician Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris. The Conductions will be led by Letourneau and music composition major Alex Riak '18.

The concert is part of the School of Music’s New Music Series. For additional information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.

By Vi Kakares '20