Friday, September 20, 2013
The Parkland College Wind Ensemble has been invited to share a concert with the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra, Sunday, September 29 at 3 p.m. in Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana.
This concert collaboration is the result of an outreach program begun in the Bands Department at Illinois several years ago that gave high school bands the opportunity to perform on the Krannert stage and affiliate with the university’s prestigious Bands program. This past spring, Illinois extended the program to include community colleges. Parkland’s Wind Ensemble will be the first college group to have the honor of performing as part of the program.
Parkland’s Wind Ensemble, conducted by Verlin Richardson, will perform such selections as American Overture for Band by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Sevens by Samuel R. Hazo, and American Civil War Suite by Jerry Bilik, among others.
“This is a high honor for the Wind Ensemble to receive the opportunity to share a concert with an outstanding UI concert band,” Richardson said. “Playing in the Great Hall is always a wonderful musical experience; this is borne out by the fact that a professional group such as the Chicago Symphony has used this venue to record in.”
The UI Wind Orchestra is conducted by Professor Barry L. Houser, who also directs the Marching Illini. Brian Coffill is the graduate associate conductor. Among its musical selections for the concert, the Wind Orchestra will perform Savannah River Holiday by Ron Nelson, Angels in the Architecture by Frank Ticheli (with soprano soloist Yvonne Redman), and Molly on the Shore by Percy Grainger.
“For the audience member, it promises to be a very ‘listenable’ program of great music being played by both groups,” Richardson said.
Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for students.