Tuesday, November 19, 2013

UIS Music Program presents Fall Showcase Concert

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Music Program presents its annual Fall Showcase Concert featuring performances by the UIS chorus, chamber orchestra, and band. The performance is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sangamon Auditorium, UIS

DETAILS: The event will feature a wide array of music with many pieces including traditional Italian, Chinese and Irish songs, as well as Holiday music. Highlights include Steve Reinecke’s “The Witch and the Saint”, a traditional Chinese arrangement of “Jasmine Flower”, as well as traditional carols “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Sleigh Bells”.

The chorus, under the direction of UIS Associate Professor Sharon Graf, will open the Showcase with “December Snow” by Helen D. Bell.

Directed by UIS Assistant Professor Yona Stamatis, the chamber orchestra will perform selections including “Concertino Op. 107” by C├ęcile Chaminade, featuring a flute solo by UIS faculty member Abigail Walsh, and “The Conversation”, composed by Springfield composer Justin Child and arranged by UIS faculty member Brian Pryor. Xincheng Liu will also perform as a soloist.

Finally, Walsh will lead the band through selections including Robert Longfield’s “Italian Holiday” and Frank Ticheli’s “Amazing Grace”.

Donations are welcome and will be used to benefit the UIS Music Student Merit Award. The UIS Music program began in 2001 and is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as Springfield community members, all with a variety of skill levels. Anyone who is interested in joining the UIS chorus, band or chamber orchestra may contact Abigail Walsh at 217/206-7549 or music@uis.edu.

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