Student soloists highlight Millikin University bands performance May
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[April 26, 2014]
Millikin University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert
Band will present a concert of traditional and contemporary music on
May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert will
feature performances from two Millikin student soloists: Christopher
Raymond, a junior music performance major from Bourbonnais, and
Hikari Yoshida, a first-year student from Nara Prefecture, Japan.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The University Concert Band will begin the evening with a
performance of Bernstein's "Overture to Candide," followed by a
performance of Chaminade's "Concertino for Flute Solo and Band,"
featuring Yoshida on flute. The University Concert Band will also
perform Mackey's "Xerxes March," featuring student conductor Brock
Feece, a senior music education major from Elburn, followed by a
performance of Markowski's "Shadow Rituals."
Following a brief
intermission, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Ticheli's
"Wild Nights!" as well as Hidas' "Concerto for Bassoon and Wind
Ensemble," featuring Raymond on bassoon. The ensemble will conclude
the concert with performances of Schuman's "George Washington
Bridge" and Mackey's "Asphalt Cocktail."
Hikari Yoshida, featured on flute, has previously studied English
literature and music at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in
Kyotanabe, Kyoto, Japan. Five years ago, she studied at
Northumberland Regional High School in Nova Scotia, Canada, where
she won a music competition. She began playing the flute in
elementary school and won a junior high school wind competition
award. She is currently a member of Millikin University's Concert
Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. At Millikin, she studies flute
with Dr. Laurie Glencross, Millikin associate professor of music.
Yoshida has loved the "Concertino for Flute" by Cécile Chaminade
since she started playing the flute and made it a goal to perform
the piece someday in concert.
Christopher Raymond, featured on bassoon, is a graduate of
Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School in Bourbonnais and has
been playing bassoon since 2006. Throughout his high school years,
he performed with the Illinois Music Educators Association's
All-State Honors Orchestra and was also featured as a soloist with
the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra. A recipient of Millikin's
Young Artists Talent Award, he plays with the Millikin-Decatur
Symphony Orchestra, the Eidolon Woodwind Quintet and is principal
bassoon in both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. In 2013, he
was featured as a soloist with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony
Orchestra and was a finalist for the Hollis Prize.
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He has also performed with the Urbana Pops Orchestra and the
South Shore Orchestra on their recent tour in China. He is a member
of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi
academic honors fraternities. He also received recognition from the
Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society for outstanding achievement.
The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the university's premiere
large instrumental ensemble and includes students who major in music
as well as those in many other academic disciplines at Millikin
University. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Gary
Shaw, Millikin professor of music and director of bands.
The University Concert Band is one of the premiere bands at
Millikin, performing in Kirkland Fine Arts Center and other campus
locations throughout the year. Students from all majors are invited
to participate in the concert band. The University Concert Band
prepares and performs top-quality band literature with an emphasis
on achieving the most professional sound possible. The University
Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Neal Smith, Millikin associate
professor of music.
Millikin's School of Music is committed to developing complete
musicians artistically, technically and intellectually by
emphasizing the integration of theory and practice with other
disciplines across the university. For more information on
Millikin's School of Music, visit
For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, visit
kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center
are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a
state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
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