Monday, April 28, 2014

UIS Music Program presents Spring Showcase Concert

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

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Studio Theatre, UIS

DETAILS: The event will feature a wide array of music with many pieces including traditional Korean and African songs, a programmatic tone poem, and music featuring the first annual UIS Music Soloist Competition Winners. Highlights include Steve Reinecke’s “Pilatus Mountain of Dragons”, a traditional Korean arrangement of “Arirang”, as well as Sinfonia No. 86 by Franz Haydn.

The chorus, under the direction of UIS Associate Professor Sharon Graf, will open the Showcase with “Dona Nobis Pacem”, a traditional canon.

Directed by UIS Assistant Professor Yona Stamatis, the chamber orchestra will perform selections including “Meditation” from Thais by Jules Massanet. Zhu Ming, violin, will perform as a soloist. The second winner of the competition, Xincheng Liu, voice, will perform “O Sole Mio” with the orchestra.

Finally, UIS Applied Music Specialist, Abigail Walsh will lead the Band through selections including “The Hounds of Spring” by Alfred Reed and the “The Thunderer” by John Philip Sousa.

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

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