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Virtual Wind Ensemble's President's Concert Presented Saturday

April 30, 2021

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MACOMB, IL - The Western Illinois University School of Music will present the Wind Ensemble's 55th annual President's Concert, under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Bands Mike Fansler, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

The program, titled "From This Moment On," will also feature Professor Bruce Briney, guest conductor and Associate Professor Penelope Shumate, soprano.

Due to the restrictions currently in place, there are no general admission performances in the COFAC Recital Hall. The performance will be broadcast on the School of Music's YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

"From This Moment On"

Fansler, conductor
Briney, guest conductor
Shumate, soprano


Western Loyalty (1930) - Words by Walter P. Morgan (1871-1958)/Music by Harold F. Schory (1893-1963)/Arr. Mike Fansler (b. 1969)

Esprit de Corps (1984) - Robert Jager (b. 1939)

Infinite Ascent (2008) - Erik Morales (b. 1966)
Bruce Briney, conductor

Walk Slowly (1997/2020) - James M Stephenson (b. 1969)/Arr. Maddie Stephenson (b. 1999)
Penelope Shumate, Soprano

Variations on Chinese Folk Songs (2006) - James M. Stephenson (b.1969)
I. Overture
II. Ballad
III. Fanfare
IV. March

Letters from the Traveling Doll (2021) - Nicole Piunno (b. 1985)
I. Love and Loss
II. The Mountains are Calling
III. Star Gazing
IV. Cityscapes
V. Love Will Return

Bugler's Holiday (1953) - Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)/Trans. Michael Edwards (1893-1962)

We're Marching On (1935) - Walter Eller (1888-1986)

For more information, call the COFAC Recital Hall office at (309) 298-1843 or visit

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