URBANA — The Parkland College Wind Ensemble has been invited to share a concert with the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday in Foellinger Great Hall of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The collaboration is the result of an outreach program begun in the bands department at Illinois several years ago that gave high school bands the opportunity to perform on the Krannert stage and to work with the university's bands program.
This past spring, Illinois extended the outreach program to include community colleges. The Parkland group will be the first college group to perform as part of the outreach.
Parkland's Wind Ensemble, conducted by Verlin Richardson, will perform such selections as "American Overture for Band" by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, "Sevens" by Samuel R. Hazo and "American Civil War Suite" by Jerry Bilik, among others.
The UI Wind Orchestra is conducted by Professor Barry L. Houser, who also directs the Marching Illini. Brian Coffill is the graduate associate conductor.
Among its musical selections for the concert are "Savannah River Holiday" by Ron Nelson; "Angels in the Architecture" by Frank Ticheli, with soprano soloist Yvonne Redman; and "Molly on the Shore" by Percy Grainger.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $4 for students.