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Prize-Winning Wind Ensemble to Perform

Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble was recently selected as the national winner of The American Prize in Band Performance competition in the performing arts, college/university division.

March 20, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church (404 N. Prairie St. Bloomington). The concert is free and open to the public.

Recently selected as the national winner of The American Prize in Band Performance competition in the performing arts, college/university division, the Wind Ensemble is comprised of the top wind and percussion students at Illinois Wesleyan. The group performs the finest in wind percussion and literature and has had the opportunity to work with Pulitzer Prize winners and world-renowned composers.

PosterIn addition to performing several concerts throughout the year, the group also tours regularly and has appeared at performances for the College Band Directors National Association Conference and the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference.

Conducted by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Lev Ivanov, the March 31 program will include Timothy Broege’s Sinfonia V: Symphonia Sacra et Profana, H. Owen Reed’s La Fiesta Mexicana, and a light-hearted piece, Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!

The presentation of Martin Ellerby’s Euphonium Concerto I. Fantasy, II. Capriccio, will feature euphonium player and 2016 Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition winner Jack Druffel ’19, a music composition major.

By Vi Kakares ’20