The Lewis University Wind Quintet will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the St. Charles Borromeo Chapel on the Romeoville main campus of Lewis University. The concert is open to the public and free of charge.
Laurel Tempas, flute, Dean Sayles, oboe, Mary L. Payne, clarinet, Paulette Velazquez, horn, and Lawrence Sisk, bassoon, will be joined by friends and students for a performance of Richard Strauss’ Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments, Opus 7. The eclectic program also includes the Suite Française by Francis Poulenc, three Mahler songs, Russian pieces by Musorgsky and Shostakovich, Persichetti’s Pastorale for Wind Quintet, and Stephen J. Platko’s Quintet for Winds, composed for the Lewis University Wind Quintet.
Laurel Tempas teaches flute at Lewis University. A graduate of Northwestern University, she holds degrees in music education and flute performance. Her flute professors included Walfrid Kujala and Emil Eck, both formerly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Laurel Tempas is principal flute of the Symphony of Oak Park River Forest and the Salt Creek Sinfonietta.
Dean Sayles is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied oboe with Robert M. Mayer and Ray Still, former principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony. Sayles served as director of bands at Joliet West High School from 1968-90. From 1990-99, he served as the district’s director of technology. Sayles served the Illinois Music Educators Association as a district band chair for four years, state president-elect for two years, state president for two years and past-president for two years. In 1993, he was presented with the IMEA Distinguished Service Award.
Mary L. Payne teaches clarinet at Lewis University. She is principal clarinet with the New Philharmonic of Glen Ellyn and has appeared as soloist with the New Philharmonic, the Fox Valley Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Wheaton Municipal Band. She has been an adjudicator and clinician for many area music festivals and has taught applied woodwinds at Joliet Junior College. She holds clarinet performance degrees from Indiana University and Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in Cleveland.
Paulette Velazquez teaches horn at Lewis University. She holds a master’s degree in horn performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in horn performance from the University of Illinois. She is an active freelance musician playing regularly with Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, the New Philharmonic, and at various theaters in Chicago. She was principal horn of La Filarmonica de Jalisco for two years in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Her principal teachers include A. David Krehbiel, former principal horn, San Francisco Symphony, and Dan Gingrich, associate principal, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Lawrence Sisk is professor of music and chairman of the Music Department at Lewis University. Sisk studied bassoon at the College-Conservatory of Music with Otto Eifert, former principal bassoon of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and later with Willard Elliot, former principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in historical musicology at Northwestern University. Since 1991, Sisk has conducted the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Stephen J. Platko is a graduate of Northwestern University where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees. He also holds an Advanced Study Degree in Administration from Illinois State University. Platko was band director at Tinley Park High School and then Supervisor of Fine Arts for Bremen Community High Schools District 228 for 33 years. Since 1990, he has devoted his energies to music composition and to directing the Tinley Park Arts Alive Community Band. The band became a forum for many of his original compositions. His works have been performed at the International Midwest Band Clinic (”Dances of Cana”), WFMT Radio Chicago Composer Series (”Rhapsody on Blues Theme”), Budingen, Germany Millenium Celebration (”Budingen Sketches”), Lewis University Choir (”Orthodox Musical Offering 2008”) and by colleges and universities throughout the country. Platko is a recipient of the Illinois Humanities Council Studs Terkel Award for the year 2000 for his musical accomplishments.
This event is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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