November 29, 2011

Orchestra, winds and flutes set concerts

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale presents a pair of concerts at community venues this week.

The SIU Civic Orchestra and the Chamber Wind Ensemble join forces for a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 310 S. University Avenue in Carbondale.

The SIU Civic Orchestra includes members of the Southern Illinois community as well as college students.  Community members are from Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson counties and range from adults to middle school-aged musicians.  The ensemble is under the direction of Eric Lenz and Jennifer Presar of the School of Music.

The Chamber Wind Ensemble, under the direction of SIU Carbondale’s Christopher Morehouse, is a smaller version of the larger SIU Wind Ensemble.

The program includes selections from Beethoven and Dvorak, among other music. Tickets are $12, student tickets are $6.

The Southern Illinois Flute Choir, directed by Douglas Worthen of SIU Carbondale, and assisted by senior music student Izabel Zambrzycki, presents a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the First United Methodist Church, located at 214 W. Main St. in Carbondale. 

The choir includes alto, bass and C flutes as well as the higher-toned piccolos.  The ensemble is part of the community outreach of the School of Music and includes many community members eager to present free performances.

This holiday-themed concert includes “Views from Falls House,” written by contemporary composer Gary Schocker, a recent guest at SIU Carbondale.