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