U of I Sesquicentennial Celebration Concert at Lincoln Center

As part of the University's Sesquicentennial celebrations, the Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers will be performing at Alice Tully Hall as part of a three-city tour. A reception will follow the concert and feature a performance by The Other Guys!






To mark a historical milestone in our alma mater’s history, a special Sesquicentennial concert tour is in the midst of visiting Chicago, New York, and Champaign-Urbana. The University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers will be joined by soloists Todd Payne and Yvonne Redman for the debut of a newly commissioned work titled Gathering. This new work was composed by Dominick DiOrio of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the libretto was written by prize-winning author and U of I alumnus and Professor Emeritus, Richard Powers. Mr. Powers has assembled a text that blends speeches and writings by a trio of Illinois alumni: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Van Doren (B.A., 1914), Nobel laureate in Physiology/Medicine Rosalyn Yalow (Ph.D., 1945), and pioneering architect and engineer Fazlur Khan (Ph.D., 1955).


Gathering is just one piece in a program that represents a musical journey

through an impressive variety of choral music:


Donald Grantham (b. 1947)                                     J’ai e’te’ au bal (I Went to the Dance)

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)                             O ignis Spirtus Paracliti

Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)                                   Hymn to the Eternal Flame

Frank Martin (1890-1974)                                       Kyrie from the Mass for Double Choir

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1972-1958)                       Three Shakespeare Songs

William Averitt (b. 1948)                                         Fire! (from Afro-American Fragments)

John Mackey (b. 1973)                                           The Frozen Cathedral


Aaron Copland (1900-1990)                                    The Promise of Living

Dominick DiOrio (b. 1984)

      and Richard Powers (b. 1957)                            Gathering

Various Composers                                                 Illini Jubilee




The New York concert will be held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall at Broadway and 65th Street.

Following the concert will be a dessert reception in the lobby of the Hall, with a cash bar.

In keeping with the evening’s theme of vocal music, the reception will feature a performance by The Other Guys.


Illinois Sesquicentennial Musical Celebration

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7:30pm

Reception to follow performance

Alice Tully Hall

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

1941 Broadway (at 65th Street), New York City


Tickets are only $35!! 

Click here, or call 212-721-6500, to purchase tickets directly from the Alice Tully Hall Box Office.

(Or stop by the Box Office in person, Monday-Saturday 10-6 or Sunday 12-6, to save $7.50/ticket in service fees.)