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WIU Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concert Featuring John Charles Pierce April 20

April 12, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University School of Music's Symphony Orchestra, featuring heldentenor John Charles Pierce, will present the masterworks of Richard Wagner and Benjamin Britten at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

Director of Orchestral Activities Richard Hugley will lead the orchestra in Britten's "Les illuminations, Op. 18" and "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34," and Wagner's "Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater," "Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond" and "Die Walküre: Siegmund heiß ich, und Siegmund bin ich."

Pierce taught voice at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He won the Wagner Prize at the Liederkranz Competition in New York in 1990 and was invited to perform at the Brandenburg State Theatre in Germany. While there, he won the Max Grünebaum Award. He has performed in Brazil, Japan, Italy, France and Mexico.

Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," will feature WIU Libraries Professor Rod Sharpe.

The concert is free open to the public.

For more information, contact COFAC at (309) 298-1843.

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