November 10, 2015 at 1:30pm

MU Wind Ensemble, University Men's Choir collaborate for fall performance

Two of the major performing ensembles at Millikin University will combine forces in a unique performance, free and open to the public, on Thursday, Nov. 19, in Kirkland Fine Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Millikin's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Men's Choir, along with faculty soloist Dr. William Gorton, Millikin assistant professor of voice and opera, will perform a variety of musical selections on Nov. 19 including: Bernstein's "Suite from Candide," and Copland's "Old American Songs," "Variations on a Shaker Melody and Hoe-Down,"  and "Zions Walls."

MU Wind Ensemble

Together, the University Men's Choir and William Gorton will perform Stanhope's "The Bold Benjamin" and Gorton will also perform Steve Rhodes' "O Danny Boy." The concert will conclude with the Wind Ensemble performing Holst's "Suite No. 2."

Dr. William GortonDr. William Gorton has had a diverse career as a singer, voice teacher, conductor, and composer. Dr. Gorton teaches studio voice, serves as coach and conductor for the opera program, and directs Tudor Voices, a select chamber choir specializing in early music. As a professional tenor, he has performed numerous opera roles and oratorios with organizations such as the Sacramento Opera, Opera Pacific, Pacific Repertory Opera, the National Messiah Festival at Bethany College, Orchestra X of Houston, and the San Francisco Opera Guild.

Fifty-five voices strong, the Millikin Men's Choir sings a broad variety of repertoire. Whether before a crowd of 70,000 for the national anthem at a Chicago Bears game, before an audience of conductors at the IL-MEA Conference or in front of an audience of high school choristers at the annual Millikin Vocal Festival, the Millikin Men are a favorite wherever they perform. The Millikin Men are under the direction of Dr. Brad Holmes, director of choir programs.

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, Millikin professor of music and director of bands.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble upcoming performances:

Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m., Symphonic Wind Ensemble with the O’Fallon Illinois High School Wind Ensemble

Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Millikin Student Solo Competition Winners

Dr. Brad HolmesMillikin'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 School of Music, visit millikin.edu/music.

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