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Millikin University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band will present a concert of traditional and contemporary music on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature performances from two Millikin student solo competition winners; Kelly Lorenz, a junior from Grant Park, Ill.; and Adam Blakey, a junior from Decatur, Ill. The concert is free and open to the public.

Adam Blakey will perform Clare Grundman's "Concertante for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra" along with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will also perform Gustav Holst's "Second Suite" and Michael Gandolfi's "Vientos y Tangos." Kelly Lorenz will perform Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Clarinet Concerto" along with the University Concert Band. The University Concert Band will also perform Fisher Tull's "Sketches on a Tudor Psalm."

Adam Blakey is currently a music performance major studying saxophone with Dr. Perry Rask, professor of music at Millikin University. Adam graduated from MacArthur High School where he played in the nationally acclaimed Jazz Band 1 for three years with Jim Culbertson. During high school, Adam participated in the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra where he was a featured soloist on saxophone.

While at Millikin, Adam has played with the Millikin Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band 1 for three years. Adam also plays soprano in the top saxophone quartet, plays bass clarinet in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, and plays saxophone in small jazz combos at Millikin. Adam was a winner in the MDSO Concerto/Aria Competition, where he was a featured soloist with the MDSO in spring 2012. He also was a finalist in the 2012 Hollis Prize competition at Millikin. After college, Adam hopes to go to graduate school and earn his master’s degree in multiple woodwind performance.

Kelly Lorenz is a music education major with an instrumental emphasis. She currently plays in the Wind Ensemble, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the Eidolon Woodwind Quintet, and is currently the manager of the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra. Kelly is also a member of the Nu Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota at Millikin, an international music fraternity for women interested in music.

During her sophomore year at Millikin, Kelly was named one of the year's top music students and was nominated for the Scovill Award. Her biggest achievement has been the opportunity to play with the University Concert Band during the spring 2013 semester. Following graduation from Millikin, Kelly wants to teach and share her love for music with as many students as possible. She hopes to earn her master's degree in administrative work and curriculum design.

The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the University's premiere large instrumental ensemble, and includes students who major in music as well as many other academic disciplines at Millikin University. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Gary Shaw, professor of music and director of bands at Millikin University.

The University Concert Band is one of the premiere bands at Millikin, performing in Kirkland Fine Arts Center and other campus locations throughout the year. Students from all majors are invited to participate in concert band. The University Concert Band prepares and performs top quality band literature with an emphasis on achieving the most professional sound possible. The University Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Neal Smith, associate professor of music at Millikin.

Millikin's School of Music is committed to developing complete musicians artistically, technically and intellectually by emphasizing the integration of theory and practice with other disciplines across the University. For more information on Millikin's performing ensembles, visit www.millikin.edu/music.

For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit www.kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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