Brass Instruments, Organ Featured in JJC Musica Viva Concert at Joliet Church Feb. 8

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department will present its next Musica Viva concert, “Magnificent Metal IV: A Brass and Organ Recital,” on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. at the historic St. Joseph Catholic Church, 416 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet. This free, public concert will feature JJC Director of Choral and Vocal Music Philip Spencer on the organ and the JJC Brass Quintet. JJC Director of Bands Charles Morgan will direct the concert.

Spencer will perform on the St. Joseph organ – one of Joliet’s largest and finest pipe organs. The church’s large, open spaces will also provide great acoustics.

The program will include works from classical composers including Handel, Mozart, Brahms and Tchesnokoff, in addition to other, lesser-known 20th and 21st century works.

The members of the Joliet Junior College Brass Quintet are Lauren LeMehieu, trumpet; Jeff McMillin, trumpet; Rich Blaha, french horn; Charles Morgan, trombone/conductor; and John Cryder, tuba.

For more information about the JJC Musica Viva series, call the JJC Fine Arts Department at 815-280-2223.

About Charles Morgan
In addition to directing the 90-member JJC Community Band, Morgan is also a professor of music at JJC. His teaching duties include applied brass, music fundamentals and conducting.  He received an associate of arts degree from JJC, a bachelor of music from Northern Illinois University, and a master of music education from VanderCook College of Music.

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

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