November 01, 2011

Wind Ensemble to perform in Shryock

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Winds go electronica in a Wind Ensemble concert set for this week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in Shryock Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for general admission; students get in for $6.

Though this concert is the Wind Ensemble, wind instruments are not the only source of music on stage.  Concertgoers can expect a full complement of tuned water glasses, and selections of electronic-based music as well.

In addition, the ensemble will perform a world premiere composition by SIU Carbondale’s own composer-in-residence, Frank Stemper, and two selections, including world premieres, of works by Ron Coulter, the School of Music’s senior lecturer in percussion and improvisation.

Coulter debuts “Artificial Nature,” and “Vibolet Version II,” during the evening’s performance.  Coulter is a freelance percussionist, and appears with several ensembles locally, including the New Arts Jazztet and the Sam West Trio.  He formed the Southern Illinois Improvisation Series to promote experimental, percussive music.  He works collaboratively with performance artist Violet Vixa Juno as part of Redvixa, a sound-performance art duo.  Coulter has appeared with such ensembles as the Four Aces, the Gaylords, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Music from China and the Paducah Symphony among many others.

Stemper debuts “Agua,” a piece composed while he was part of an artists’ retreat in Spain.  He drew his inspiration from the Mediterranean Sea, he said, and also from the sounds of rain, rivers and mountain streams.  Stemper, professor of composition, including computer composition, and music theory, is the founder of our Center for Experimental Music, a state-of-the-art computer composition facility.  Stemper has seen his music performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center, as well as at prestigious venues throughout Europe, Asia and Central America.

The Wind Ensemble has garnered some impressive venue and touring credentials in recent years, including Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and a multi-city tour of China.

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