Our 2014 Concert Season

Around the World in One Night

Saturday, May 10, 2014
McKinley Presbyterian Church
809 S. Fifth St., Champaign

7:00 p.m. Concert Conversation
7:30 p.m. Concert Begins

with Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto

Darius Milhaud: The Creation of the World
Alan Hovhaness: Tzaikerk (“Evening Song”)
Daron Hagen: Koto Concerto “Genji”
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian”

This program is built around American composer Daron Hagen’s recent concerto for the traditional Japanese harp, the koto, featuring guest soloist Yoko Reikano Kimura. Frenchman Darius Milhaud’s jazz-inspired ballet The Creation of the World sets the stage, and the drama continues with Armenian-American Alan Hovhaness’s exotic work for flute, violin, timpani and strings. The program closes with Mendelssohn’s classic symphony reflecting his journeys through Italy.

A Musical Soirée

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Faith United Methodist Church
1719 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign

7:00 p.m. Concert Conversation
7:30 p.m. Concert Begins

with Mary Leathers Chapman, flute

Benjamin Britten: Soirées musicales
Carl Nielsen: Flute Concerto
Robert Schumann/Maurice Ravel: Four Movements from Carnaval
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

Britten’s adaptation of tunes by Rossini opens this entertaining program, which also includes Ravel’s rarely heard orchestration of Schumann’s set of character pieces for piano. We’ll feature long-time Ensemble member, and principal flutist, Mary Leathers Chapman in Nielsen’s challenging concerto, and close with Beethoven’s summery “Pastoral Symphony.”

Earlier this season…

A String Thing

Friday, February 21, 2014
The Orpheum Theatre

at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum

346 N. Neil St., Champaign

with John Dee, oboe


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Dag Wirén: Serenade for Strings
Gerald Finzi: Romance
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
Franz Schubert/Gustav Mahler: Quartet (“Death and the Maiden”)

Last season we gave our first-ever concert for winds alone, and this season we’ll feature our string section, plus guest virtuoso oboist from the University of Illinois faculty, John Dee. We open with a delightful Swedish serenade and continue with a beautiful work by Englishman Gerald Finzi. We close with Mahler’s arrangement for string orchestra of Schubert’s powerful string quartet based on his song “Death and the Maiden.”