2013 American Music Month Continues With Stephen Wade Lecture and UI Wind Orchestra Concert On October 31st

The Wanderings of “Rock Island Line” and “Coal Creek March”
Guest lecture featuring Stephen Wade
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Admission: Free

Join musician, recording artist, and writer Stephen Wade as he reveals through words, photographs, sound recordings, and live performance on banjo, the origination and perpetuation of Rock Island Line and Coal Creek March by generations of musicians. Wade will explore the living lore associated with each song and their many creators as well as explain his own personal experiences collecting these stories. His presentation promises to not only capture the words and tunes of these traditional folk melodies, but also highlight the songs’ deeper musical and cultural spirit as they crisscrossed America’s musical highways. For further information and reservations contact the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music 217-333-4577 or (schwrtzs@illinois.edu).


Traveling America’s Musical Highways
Featuring the UI Wind Orchestra and a guest performance with the Normal West High School Band
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Foellinger Great Hall
Tickets: $10 / $7 / $4

Under the direction of Barry Houser, the University of Illinois’ Wind Orchestra will perform an exciting program of music that celebrates the colorful soundscapes of America’s wind band traditions. The concert will include Joseph Jenkin’s American Overture for Band and Michael Daughterty’s Niagara Falls which provides a ten-minute musical travelogue of the Daughterty family’s summer road trips along the Niagara River. In addition the ensemble and a special guest brass quartet will perform John Wasson’s American Tableau which highlights some of America’s most memorable patriotic songs and will conclude with Edwin E. Bagley’s National Emblem March, which John Philip Sousa considered to be one of the country’s most effective marches ever written. The Normal West High School Band, under the direction of Lisa Preston, will join the Illinois Wind Orchestra in this special joint concert to highlight the University Bands’ strong commitment to music education throughout the state of Illinois. For ticket information, contact Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 217-333-6280 or visit http://www.krannertcenter.com/.

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