MDSO performance highlights Millikin faculty soloists
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will present its season finale concert on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The performance will feature Millikin School of Music faculty soloists William Gorton (tenor) and Randy Reyman (trumpet).
The MDSO season ends with a truly spectacular Pops concert featuring two of Millikin's stellar artist faculty.
First up, William Gorton, whose ringing tenor voice will bring to life "O sole mio," "Nessun dorma," and a host of other popular light arias and Neapolitan favorites, interspersed with Italian-flavored orchestral interludes played by the MDSO. Following a brief intermission, Randy Reyman plays his own new arrangements of some of the greatest hits from the American songbook: "When I Fall in Love," "All or Nothing At All," "Waltz for Debby," "My Romance," "My One and Only Love," and "I Hear a Rhapsody."
Randy Reyman will host the concert preview on April 18 at 6:45 p.m. in Kirkland Lecture Room 128. The event is free to concert attendees.
Dr. William Gorton, Millikin assistant professor of voice and opera, 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.
The founding artistic director of the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, Dr. Gorton acquired his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University, and served as assistant chorus master for the Phoenix Symphony. He is currently the music director at First Christian Church in Bloomington, Ill. Dr. Gorton is also a published composer. His hymn, "O God in Whom We Live," can be found in "Worship and Song," a United Methodist hymnal, and a choral anthem, "The Lord is My Shepherd," was published by World Library Publications.
Randall Reyman is director of jazz activities at Millikin University and coordinator of brass, and serves as principal trumpet with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. His teaching duties include directing Millikin University's Jazz Band I, studio trumpet instruction, brass ensembles, and other courses in the commercial music area. Professor Reyman holds degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Illinois State University. His teachers have included Keith Johnson, Vincent Cichowicz, John Haynie, and Bill Adam.
An active composer, arranger, and trumpeter, Reyman performs frequently in jazz venues throughout central Illinois with his West End Trio, and other groups such as the Millikin Faculty Jazz Sextet and the Decatur Big Band. Professor Reyman has published educational materials with Mel Bay Publications and Kendor Music, and his CD , "Hard at It," is available through First Step Records.
Tickets are $13-$16.50 and are available through the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Ticket Office, by phone at 217.424.6318 or online at kirklandfinearts.com. Ticket Office hours are Monday ' Friday from 10 a.m. ' 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Ticket Office orders.
Concerts of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Symphony Guild of Decatur.