USF Wind Ensemble & Singing Saints to present April 6 concert

The University of St. Francis (USF) Singing Saints and Wind Ensemble will share the stage on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Sexton Auditorium, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, Ill.

The theme for the Wind Ensemble’s performance is “Revolutionary Sounds.” It will include instrumental music written in observation of landmark historical events including Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and Strauss’ “Radetzky March,” as well as music by Richard Wagner. 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Wagner, whose concept of gesamtkunstwerk revolutionized the opera world.

The Wind Ensemble will also present “Pilgrims” by River Forest-based composer Dr. Jonathan Stahlke. The piece is based on writers including Cervantez, Bonhoeffer and St. Augustine. Stahlke is professor of theory and composition in the music department at Concordia University in Chicago and is the USF Wind Ensemble’s “composer-in-residence” this spring.

The Singing Saints will present vocal music emphasizing “ends of eras” and “new beginnings.” Included will be Mozart’s last piece of sacred choral music, “Ave Verum Corpus,” “Old Abram Brown” from the early stages in British composer Benjamin Britten’s career, two spiritual and gospel selections by Andre Thomas and Joyce Eilers, and “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway smash hit, “Rent.”

For information on this or other performances in USF’s Music at Moser series, or to purchase tickets, visit or call (800) 735-7500. Concert tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens (65+), USF alumni and non-USF students.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit