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Percussion Ensemble, Winds in concert

Barry McNamara
The Monmouth College music department will close its concert season with two events in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Tony Oliver, assistant director of instrumental activities, the Monmouth College Percussion Ensemble will perform on April 30 at 7:30 p.m.

“We have eight members – some are music majors, some are not,” said Oliver. “The performance will feature an extreme range of moods from the very soft and contemplative to the most raucous rock ’n roll imaginable.”

Selections include “Rain Forest/Jungla” by Venezuelan composer Emilio Mendoza, which “evokes sounds of the rain forest, especially those of the night,” and “Bonham” by Christopher Rouse, which features the entire ensemble playing a stageful of instruments. The latter piece, which is constructed around drum set patterns and stylings of the late John Bonham, concludes the concert and features junior Andrew Watson of Hoffman Estates on drum set. Junior Kevin Breweur of Farmington will also be a featured performer during the concert.

On May 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Monmouth Winds will present its annual Spring Concert. The ensemble is led by Steve Richter, director of instrumental activities. Two student soloists will be featured – senior flutist Lindsey Hugenberg of Shorewood, who will perform “Concertino” by Cecile Chaminade, and senior clarinetist Amanda Miklavcic of Mapleton, who will perform “Autumn Soliloquy” by James Barnes.

The Winds will also perform works by Eric Whitacre, George Gershwin, John Barnes Chance and Percy Grainger.