MORRISON, Ill. — The Wartburg College Wind Ensemble will preview its “Western meets Eastern” repertoire for its coming Asian tour with a concert in Morrison on Wednesday, April 24.
The 56-member ensemble under the direction of Dr. Craig Hancock, professor of music, will perform at Morrison Community High School, 643 Genesee Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a free-will donation.
The Wind Ensemble will be spending one week in China and 2 1/2 weeks in Japan, April 28-May 20, while performing 12 concerts.
Hancock said the band has prepared a mixed repertoire for its program.
“Most of what we’re playing is typical band music, but there is a specific piece for the Chinese audience that we won’t play in Japan and vice versa,” Hancock said. “We’re taking their music home to them and hoping that they will be impressed with our ability to play their music.”
The Wind Ensemble will perform in universities in China and high schools in Japan.
“The venues include not only a performance at a high school or university, but a day of interaction with those students,” Hancock said. “Our college students are going to get to see what a day in the life of a Chinese or Japanese music student is like.”
Wartburg College is a selective liberal arts college of the Lutheran church (ELCA) and internationally recognized for community engagement. Nearly 450 of its 1,747 students are involved with its three touring ensembles and other musical groups.