February 21, 2020 at 1:45pm

Millikin Wind Ensemble

The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble is hard at work preparing for a special, FREE concert on Sunday, March 1 at 4pm in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. 

We’re excited to share it with you for four main reasons:

  1. It’s always a privilege and a thrill to bring a piece of music to life for the first time, and we’re looking forward to giving the world premiere of a clarinet concerto that we commissioned from Michigan-based composer Garrett Gillingham. Moreover, thanks to the generosity of the Decatur Area Arts Council, we will host Mr. Gillingham and work with him over the course of a five-day residency at Millikin. An interactive pre-concert discussion featuring Mr. Gillingham and others will take place at 3pm, one hour before the concert begins.
  2. The opportunity to share the stage with faculty clarinet soloist Dr. David Cook is also a special one. Working with an artist of his caliber makes us all better musicians. You won’t want to miss hearing him play this beautiful and sometimes-crazy new piece!
  3. The MSWE will also be playing very recent works by Viet Cuong (2015), Molly Joyce (2019), and Omar Thomas (2019), all of who are young American composers with powerful and unique compositional voices. We were honored to work with Mr. Cuong and Ms. Joyce via Skype in rehearsals in late February. Their insight was incredible, and it’s good to be reminded that composed music is a vibrant, living means of expression!
  4. Lastly, we can’t wait to welcome back MU alumnus Ryan Wood (’18), Director of Bands at Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond High School. He will lead his wonderful students to open the program, and we will ALL combine to conclude the concert in dramatic fashion.

We hope to see you in the audience at this exciting concert on March 1 at 4pm!

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Decatur Area Arts Council.