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UIS music groups to present Fall Showcase Concert
November 8, 2005
SPRINGFIELD – Music groups at the University of Illinois at Springfield will present their annual Fall Showcase Concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 18, in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The program will feature the UIS Band, Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, and World Percussion ensembles – each comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community members – performing a wide range of musical genres, from world music to classical to folk.
Under the general direction of Sharon Graf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, UIS Music has as its mission to deepen the understanding of various cultures through music.
The chorus will perform a variety of pieces including John Farmer’s 16th century English madrigal “Fair Phyllis,” arrangements of Freddie Mercury’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” a barbershop piece “I Cried For You,” and folk songs from Asia and Africa. Students Lindy Bair and Demetrius Delancy will direct performances of a Korean folk song and a traditional spiritual. Janette Kirkham, UIS staff member and well-known Springfield-area soprano, will join the chorus as a special guest artist.
The UIS Chamber Orchestra will draw from the traditional repertoire with the Baroque “Recueil d’overtures et d’airs de Ballet” by Jean Baptiste Lully, and the nontraditional with tangos by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla. Together, the orchestra and chorus will perform the “Kyrie” from Franz Schubert’s Mass in G.
The UIS Band’s portion of the program will feature works ranging from Henry Fillmore’s march “Americans We” to selections from traditional and contemporary jazz charts.
Graf directs the chorus while both the band and chamber orchestra are under the direction of Todd Cranson.
Admission is $5 and tickets are available at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, PAC level two, phone 206-6160, as well as at the door. All proceeds will benefit the UIS Music Student Merit Awards fund.
Those who are unable to attend in person can watch the concert via live webcast at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html.For more information about the showcase concert or any musical program at UIS, contact Graf at 206-6570.
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