JJC Brass and Organ Concert at Historic St. Joseph Church Feb. 20

Joliet Junior College will present “A Celebration of Magnificent Music for Brass and Organ” on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. at the historic St. Joseph Catholic Church, 416 N. Chicago Street in downtown Joliet.

Music selected from four centuries of literature for brass ensemble and pipe organ will be performed by the JJC Brass Quintet, directed by Professor Charles Morgan, with accompaniment from organists Philip Spencer, fine arts professor, and Bonnie Johansen-Werner, fine arts instructor.

The concert, which is part of JJC’s yearlong Musica Viva series, will include classical favorites from composers like Bach, Gigout, Widor, Mahler, and Brahms. According to Morgan, St. Joseph Church has one of Joliet’s largest pipe organs, housed in a magnificent acoustical setting perfect for this type of performance.

The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a free-will offering accepted, which will go toward the restoration fund of the church’s historic building. For more information, call the JJC Fine Arts Department at (815) 280-2223.

Charles Morgan, professor of music, is the director of bands at Joliet Junior College. He received an associate of arts degree from JJC, a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree from VanderCook College of Music. His teaching duties at JJC include applied brass, music fundamentals, and conducting. He conducts the 90-member JJC Community Band and the JJC Jazz Band.

Philip Spencer, professor of music, is the director of choral and vocal music at JJC. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and has done doctoral study in choral conducting and organ at the University of Iowa. Spencer also completed one academic year of church music study in Berlin, Germany. His teaching duties at JJC include conducting both the college’s choral ensembles and teaching world music, applied and class voice.

Bonnie Johansen-Werner, adjunct faculty member in the JJC Fine Arts Department, will also accompany the ensemble on the organ for the premier of her work Festive Rondo. The members of the Joliet Junior College Brass Quintet are Lauren LeMahieu, trumpet; Jeff McMillin, trumpet; Rich Blaha, French horn; Charles Morgan, conductor/trombone; and John Cryder, tuba.

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