IWSO and Combined Choirs to Perform End-of-the-Year Concert
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra (IWSO), Collegiate Choir and University Choir will round out the spring semester with a concert on Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
at Second Presbyterian Church (404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington). The event is free
and open to the public.
Featured compositions include "Pavane, Op. 50" and "Requiem, Op. 48” by late 19th
century French composer Gabriel Fauré, as well as the contemporary ballet "Appalachian
Spring" by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Copland.
The IWU Collegiate Choir and the University Choir perform both sacred and secular
choral compositions at various events, under the direction of Professor of Music Scott
Ferguson. The University Choir is open to both music and non-music majors, including
Jennings Scholars. Students learn a repertoire of choral music in diverse styles to
perform often in collaboration with other IWU ensembles and with the Collegiate Choir.
The Collegiate Choir, a result of the IWU Choral Commission Series in 1952, consists
of approximately fifty student vocalists who present concert tours and other off-campus
performances, for which they have received critical acclaim.
Founded in 1984, Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Visiting Assistant
Professor of Music Lev Ivanov and features talented student musicians across all disciplines.
The orchestra has played in concert with the Volgograd Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra,
performed on CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” and toured throughout the United States. It was
named a finalist in the American Prize in Orchestral Performance for the 2016-17 academic
year. In addition, the annual IWSO Concerto-Aria Concert honors some of the most accomplished
IWU student musicians with the opportunity to perform with the IWSO.
For additional information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21