September 25, 2015 at 5:00pm

Millikin University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present a special performance of traditional and contemporary music for winds, brass and percussion on Friday, Oct. 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The performance will feature University of Illinois faculty tubist Mark Moore as "Tubby the Tuba" along with narration from Millikin University President Dr. Patrick E. White.

The program will open with Sousa's "Bullets and Bayonets" followed by Eric Whitacre's "October" and George Kleinsinger's "Tubby the Tuba." The performance of "Tubby the Tuba" will be dedicated to Dr. Russell Louis Tiede, Millikin professor of music emeritus (tuba). Dr. Tiede served 25 years at Millikin University as a member of the music faculty teaching music education and applied French horn and tuba.  

The concert will also include performances of Monti's "Csardas for Tuba" featuring Mark Moore, Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Jesters," and Malcolm Arnold's "Four Scottish Dances."

Mark Moore is professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and at Shenandoah College Conservatory of Music. Many of his students have won honors at the International Tuba Euphonium Association conferences and hold orchestra, band and teaching positions at universities throughout the country.

Moore has served as an adjudicator for the International Tuba and Euphonium Association solo competitions and has been a featured artist at international conferences of ITEA, the International Trumpet Guild, the International Horn Society and the International Brassfest. In demand as an artist teacher/performer, he has appeared as a soloist, chamber music performer and clinician in Taiwan, Venezuela, Columbia, Poland, Spain, Belgium and at many schools and universities throughout the United States.

Moore has performed with many orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, and is currently Principal Tuba with both the Illinois and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestras. He is also a member of the Illinois Brass Quintet, which has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and the Medicare 7, 8 or 9, a Dixieland band at the University of Illinois. Moore is a founding member of Sonus Brass, formed in 1987.

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:

Monday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., Symphonic Wind Ensemble & High School Honor Band

Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Millikin Men

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

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 the Kirkland Fine Arts Center are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.