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ETSU Wind Ensemble to perform ‘Chicago Connections’ prior to trip to Windy City

From Staff Reports

The East Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble will present a free public concert of works related to the city of Chicago on Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Science Hill High School auditorium.

The “Chicago Connections” program includes the pieces the Wind Ensemble will perform in the showcase performance of the 2017 Chicago International Music Festival on April 12.

ETSU’s band was invited to perform at the festival by staff of the California-based music festival planning company World Projects, who recalled the ensemble’s performance at the New York Wind Band Festival in 2009.

“The five pieces we’re doing have something to do with the city of Chicago, or a person related to the city,” said Dr. Christian Zembower, director of bands in the ETSU Department of Music.  “One of the pieces is ‘The Chicago Tribune March,’ which a gentleman named Paris Chambers wrote in 1892 for the paper.

“When we performed in New York, it was a program called ‘New York Perspectives,’ for which I programmed pieces that either related to the city or composers who had lived in New York City or were living there at the time, so this Chicago program is parallel.”

The ETSU Wind Ensemble will leave for Chicago on Monday, April 10, and perform along the way at Zionsville (Indiana) High School in a suburb north of Indianapolis.  While in Chicago, members of the Wind Ensemble will have opportunities to see the Chicago Symphony and explore the city between rehearsals.

The trip will culminate in the April 12 showcase concert in Chicago’s famed Symphony Hall.  Other bands scheduled to perform in the Chicago International Music Festival include the El Cerrito (California) High School Wind Ensemble, the Berkeley (California) High School Orchestra and the Normal (Illinois) West High School Wind Symphony.

“Our students are excited,” said Zembower, who will be among the adjudicators for the high school band performances during the festival.  “We normally give two concerts on campus or in the area each semester, and this is quite an honor and has given them something different to look forward to.”

For more information on the April 4 concert at Science Hill, call the ETSU Department of Music at 439-4276.