IWU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Aria Concert

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– The Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra (IWSO) will host its annual Henry Charles Memorial Concerto-Aria concert on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington (404 N. Prairie St.).

The annual Concerto-Aria concert, which is free and open to the public, showcases the school’s finest musicians alongside the IWSO. After two rounds of auditions, judges chose students who represent the talent of the School of Music.

This concert will feature three IWU student soloists: Patrick Ward ’20 on trombone, Shireen Hassan ’20 on alto saxophone, and Crystal Muro ’19 performing vocals. They will be featured in the concert, as well as a performance of Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade. The concert will be conducted by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Lev Ivanov.

This event is sponsored by the Alpha Lambda chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Audience members will enjoy a night of moving music, followed by a free reception hosted by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Since its founding in 1984, the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra has brought together students from all disciplines who share a passion for music. The ensemble has performed alongside various eminent musical personalities, including IWU alum and Grammy Award-winner Dawn Upshaw ’82. The Orchestra has also performed on CBS’s Sunday Morning, and participated in frequent tours throughout the United States.

For more information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.

By Megan Baker ’21