February 9, 2015 at 2:15pm

Symphonic Wind Ensemble performance to feature pianist Silvan Negruţiu

Millikin University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present a concert of traditional and contemporary music on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 4 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

The program will feature Millikin Faculty Pianist and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies Silvan Negruţiu, who will perform the "Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble" by University of Iowa composer, Zack Stanton. The concert is free and open to the public.

Composer Zack Stanton will be in residence at Millikin University from Feb. 27 – March 1 to work with the Millikin Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Stanton will present a class on the "compositional process" on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in Room 110 of Perkinson Music Center on Millikin's campus. Stanton has also been commissioned to write a work by Brian Justison, Millikin professor of music and coordinator of percussion studies, and the Millikin University Percussion Ensemble.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Silvan Negruţiu has performed concerts around the world, from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to Ireland's National Concert Hall, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He's appeared as a soloist with prestigious orchestras including the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Alicante Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic and Dublin Symphony.

Negruţiu obtained his master's degree with first class honors from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City University in Ireland, and his graduate diploma from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. In Dublin he studied with pianists John O'Conor and Réamonn Keary, and held the position of piano instructor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for three years.

Negruţiu completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., under the guidance of internationally acclaimed pianist and pedagogue John O'Conor. Negruţiu was also a piano instructor at Shenandoah University from 2010-2013.

Zack Stanton is a composer and conductor from Conway, Ark. He has written for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir, and chamber ensembles of various sizes. Recent commissions include works for clarinetist Sarunas Jankauskas, trumpet player Jared Broussard, horn player Anne Marie Cherry, the Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Workshop and Line Upon Line Percussion.

Stanton received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Central Arkansas, where he primarily studied piano. Upon graduating, he was commissioned by the University to compose an overture for the school's centennial celebration. Zack obtained his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Zack is serving as a visiting assistant professor in theory and composition at the University of Iowa.

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.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will have its final concert of the year on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 4 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature student winners of the Wind Ensemble Solo Competition.

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 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.