Prairie State College’s Wind Ensemble Performing Concert on December 8

CHICAGO HEIGHTS—(ENEWSPF)—December 2, 2014. The Prairie State College (PSC) Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of seasonal favorites from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday, December 8, in the Conference Center Auditorium on the college’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted in Chicago Heights.

For the first time, the adult choir from the First Unitarian Church of Hyde Park will join the ensemble to perform several selections, including the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s oratorio, Messiah.

The performance also will showcase two of the ensemble’s principal musicians. Clarinetist Kenneth Carlborg brings a lively klezmer quality to the piece “Viktor’s Tale” from John Williams’ music for the motion picture, The Terminal. Trumpeter Christopher Davis flexes his musical muscles on the famous Arban tour de force, “Variations sur Le Carnaval de Venise (The Carnival of Venice).”

The band also will perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker Suite,” featuring PSC Professor Valerie Nicholson on piano.

The Wind Ensemble is a collaboration of musicians from the college, community and local high schools, and is directed by Phillip Crews. The Hyde Park Unitarian Church Choir is directed by PSC alumna Amanda Thomas. 

The performance is free and open to the public. If you are interested in more information about the concert, or a musician interested in joining the band, contact Nicholson at 708-709-3742 or [email protected].