High school symphony to play new composition

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:27 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:41 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore High School Band spring concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Sycamore High School auditorium. Both the Concert Band and Symphonic Band will perform pieces with water-based themes, including Handel’s “Water Music,” the spiritual “Deep River” and Gliere’s “Russian Sailors’ Dance.” The Symphonic Band will also perform the new composition “Deep, Like the Rivers,” composed by Robert Bradshaw.

This piece was commissioned by Bill Gilmer’s family in honor of his retirement as band director after teaching the past 28 years at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park. Ken Goodman, SHS band director, is a Willowbrook High School alum and a former student of Gilmer. This piece was co-commissioned by bands from Sycamore, Addison Trail, St. Charles East high schools and Bowling Green State University. This will be only the second performance of this new work.

Bradshaw recently visited Sycamore High School and worked with musicians from the Symphonic Band. He listened to the band perform, offered suggestions, explained the background and history of this piece, and answered questions from students.

“It was a pleasure to have Mr. Bradshaw take the time to travel to Sycamore and participate in our rehearsal,” Goodman said. “It was a great opportunity for the students to meet the composer in person and have the experience of working directly with a living composer.”

Goodman thanked the Sycamore Music Boosters for their assistance in funding the commissioning of the piece.

Sycamore High School Band Spring Concert

7:30 p.m. May 16

Sycamore High School auditorium

Free concert, open to the public

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