BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University’s Symphonic Winds will feature a range of Italian music during their final concert of the 2018-19 academic year, held on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Symphonic Winds, a concert band open to both music majors and non-music majors, will perform the following works: Gabrieli’s Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2, Rossini’s An Italian in Algiers, Blackshaw’s Peace Dancer, Persichetti’s Serenade No. 11, Della Cese’s L’Inglesina and Giannini’s Symphony No. 3, Mvmt. 4.
This concert will continue the band’s year-long tradition of featuring a female composer by playing Jodie Blackshaw’s Peace Dancer, inspired by the book of the same title by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Blackshaw is currently completing a Ph.D. in composition at Australian National University, with focus on composing music for children influenced by brain-based educational principles. In 2016, Blackshaw also began her professional development webinar series “Off the Podium,” in order to help music educators harness creativity during the learning process.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21