Wind Ensemble Performs for BOV Today

Posted: November 28, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason Wind Ensemble, conducted by Anthony Maiello, has been invited to present a special performance of The Shining City by composer Mark Camphouse for the Board of Visitors (BOV) today at 12:15 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The piece is a tribute to former President Ronald Reagan, and Edwin Meese III, rector of the BOV, will narrate with excerpts from some of Reagan’s speeches. Following, the performers will have lunch with the BOV.

According to Maiello, The Shining City accomplishes the following:

  • The work honors the only American president born, raised, and educated in the state of

    Illinois;
  • The work allows the art of music to play a meaningful (interdisciplinary) role with other courses of study in the school curriculum such as social studies, history and government, and global issues;
  • Dedicated to the future leaders of America, the work demonstrates how music can be directly engaged in important elements of the growing character education movement in our nation’s schools;

  • The work will give listeners a heightened awareness of Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Via the thoroughly researched and carefully chosen narrator’s text, the composition will enable diverse audiences to reflect on one of America’s most beloved presidents, and one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

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