The Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band will present a concert of traditional and contemporary music for winds, brass, and percussion on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The performance will feature guest soloist and principal flutist Dr. Laurie Glencross, Millikin associate professor of music. The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Laurie Glencross teaches flute, music theory, aural skills and leads chamber ensembles including flute choir at Millikin University. She is principal flute of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the Faculty Woodwind Quintet. She received her Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University in 2000.
In 2002, Dr. Glencross and the Faculty Woodwind Quintet toured to the International Double Reed Society Conference in Banff, Alberta where they presented a lecture-recital of Canadian music. In 2002, she was a winner of the National Flute Association's (NFA) Convention Performers Competition, appearing in recital at the NFA's Washington convention and in subsequent conventions as a panel member.
She has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, and flute choir director in Canada and the United States, and as an orchestra member of the Orquestra del Festival de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Palm Beach Opera, Valdosta Symphony, and Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestras. At Millikin University, Dr. Glencross has established the Millikin University Flute Society in an effort to foster a deeper interest in flute playing at the institution and in the local community. Dr. Glencross is co-artistic director of the St. Andrews Arts Festival in New Brunswick, Canada where a Millikin University summer immersion residency has been established since 2006.
The University Concert Band will begin the concert by performing Russell Peck's "Cave of the Winds," and Richard Saucedo's "Rhythm Danse" featuring student conductor Kelly Lorenz, a senior instrumental music education major from Grant Park, Ill. The University Concert Band will also perform Ronald Lo Presti's "Elegy for a Young American," and Mark Williams' "Variants on a Nautical Hymn."
The University Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Neal Smith, Millikin associate professor of music.
Following an intermission, the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Paul Creston's "Celebration Overture," followed by Albert Franz Doppler's "Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise," transcribed by Joseph Kreines and featuring Laurie Glencross. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will conclude the concert with a performance of Paul Hindemith's "Symphony in B-flat."
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Gary Shaw, professor of music and director of bands at Millikin University.
"The wind ensemble will be performing standard works for band by Hindemith, Doppler and Creston," said Shaw. "The traditional concert band will perform music composed during the 1950s and 1960s."
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. The University Concert Band prepares and performs top quality band literature with an emphasis on achieving the most professional sound possible. The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the University's premiere large instrumental ensemble. In addition to performances at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, the ensemble tours annually, often performing in public schools throughout the Midwest. In 1985, 1992, 2000 and again in January 2012 the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was featured at the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference.
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 the concert, please contact the Millikin School of Music at 217.424.6300 or visit www.millikin.edu/music
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.