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Wind Symphony Concert
Illinois State University Wind Symphony
Anthony C. Marinello, conductor
Viet Cuong (b. 1990) – Bull’s Eye (2019)
Cassie Wieland (b. 1994) – power lines (2021)
World Premiere Performance
Donald Grantham (b. 1947) – Circa 1600 (2018)
Peter Meechan (b. 1980) – Loss Verses (2021)
Dr. Anne McNamara, flugelhorn
Consortium Premiere Performance
Carlos Simon (b. 1986) – Amen! (2017)
Please join the Illinois State University Wind Symphony on Monday, November 15, 2021 for the second concert of the 2021/2022 concert season. The concert will welcome a live audience and will be livestreamed via the following website: https://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/live/
The concert will open with Viet Cuong’s Bull’s Eye for chamber winds, piano, and percussion. The work was inspired by the line drawings of Pablo Picasso, in particular Picasso’s “Bull” (1945).
We are excited to present the World Premiere of Cassie Wieland’s work for chamber winds, power lines. An alumna of Illinois State University, Cassie describes the piece as an homage to her hometown of Normal, Illinois that takes its inspiration from power lines and their simultaneous representation of vulnerability and strength.
Donald Grantham notes that the year 1600 was an exciting time to be a composer and his piece Circa 1600 is based on three chorales written about that time. The piece employs some of the improvisational techniques that the composer employed when he performed these tunes with his own church choir.
Peter Meechan composed his Loss Verses to describe his feelings associated with the loss of a dear friend as well as all that was lost through the recent pandemic. This piece will represent a consortium premiere and features our very own Assistant Professor of Trumpet Dr. Anne McNamara as flugelhorn soloist.
Carlos Simon has quickly become a force in new music. His work Amen! is described as his homage to his family’s four-generational affiliation with the Pentecostal church. Carlos noted that his goal is to recreate the musical experience of an African American Pentecostal church service that he enjoyed being a part of while growing up in this denomination. The worship services in these churches will often have joyous dancing, spontaneous shouting, and soulful singing.
For additional information contact Dr. Tony Marinello (309) 438-1702