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Wind Symphony Concert

Sunday, October 3rd
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$6 – $10

Event Description

Illinois State University Wind Symphony
Anthony C. Marinello, conductor
Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor

Brian Balmages (b.1975) – Fanfare Canzonique (2003)

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) – Serenade in E-flat major, op. 7 (1881/1986)
Julie Giroux (b. 1961) – Riften Wed (2013)
Lauren Bobarsky, guest conductor


David Maslanka (1943-2017) – Symphony No. 4 (1993)

Please join the Illinois State University Wind Symphony on Sunday, October 3, 2021 for the first concert of the 2021/2022 concert season. The concert will welcome a limited live audience and will be livestreamed via the following website: https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/live/

The concert will open with Brian Balmages’ exciting Fanfare Canzonique for brass ensemble. The piece is a memorial tribute to legendary trumpeter Gilbert Johnson, former principal trumpeter of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Professor of Trumpet at the University of Miami.

This fanfare will be followed by the Serenade in E-flat major, op. 7 written by Richard Strauss at the young age of seventeen. This single-movement serenade written in traditional sonata form features expressive melodies, intriguing harmony, and soaring lyricism that would become hallmarks of Strauss’s compositional output.

Conducting by graduate conductor Lauren Bobarsky, Julie Giroux’s Riften Wed is the composer’s depiction of the wedding between two characters in the popular video game Skyrim. Known for her career in film and television composition, Julie employs sweeping gestures and tender melodies to depict the scene of love and union.

The concert will conclude with David Maslanka’s epic Symphony No. 4. Widely regarded as one of the finest pieces written for the wind ensemble medium, Symphony No. 4 has many roots, inspirations, and source material that are unified by what the composer described as “the spontaneous rise of the impulse to shout for the joy of life.” The composer stated that his primary impulse throughout this piece was “to speak to the fundamental human issues of transformation and re-birth in this chaotic time.”

For additional information contact Dr. Marinello (309)438-1702

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


School of Music CPA Events
(309) 438-2535


Center for the Performing Arts
351 S. School Street
Normal, IL
Concert Hall