Two Live Music Performances at USF This Weekend
Early music ensemble Ars Antigua and harpsichordist David Schrader will perform at University of St. Francis on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Ars Antigua masters music from the Renaissance through Classical eras on period instruments and is well-known in the Chicagoland area. Schrader, an exceptional musician, brings not only consummate skill to his performances, but also imagination and sensitivity to music.
He is currently on faculty at Roosevelt University, has numerous recordings, and has performed with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Opera Theater, The Ravinia Festival and The Grant Park Symphony.
The following evening, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m., the impressive University of St. Francis Wind Ensemble will present “Rule, Brittania!”
The concert will be dedicated to music of Great Britain and will include Percy Grainger’s setting of the folk song “Molly on the Shore” and Gustav Holst’s 1909 masterwork for band, “First Suite in E flat.” Baritone Jeffrey Ray will be the faculty soloist with “Where’er You Walk” from George Frideric Handel’s opera “Semele” and a lighthearted song from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.”
The USF Wind Ensemble is committed to advocating new music for winds. This year, the music of Louisiana-based composer Costas Dafnis will be featured. His 2011 work “No Apologies” was premiered in its original orchestral version in Cambridge, England in 2005. This will mark the piece’s Midwest premiere. The concert will close with the whistling march “Colonel Bogey” by Kenneth Alford, which was made famous by the movie “Bridge over the River Kwai.”
Both performances will take place in the Sexton Auditorium in the Moser Performing Arts Center at the university’s main campus, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Tickets can be reserved by calling (800) 735-7500 and will be available for payment and pickup at will call on event night.
Cost is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65+), alumni and non-USF students. Parking will be available in the lot at Wilcox and Douglas Streets and guests should enter the building through the Moser Performing Arts Center entrance. For more event information, visit www.stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser or call (815) 740-3520.