DePaul Wind Ensemble II

The DePaul Wind Ensemble's final concert of Winter Quarter invites a special collaboration with two DePaul University faculty members, Dr. Valerie Johnson, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Phyllis Griffin, The Theatre School.  

The program features works by African American composers, Adolphus Hailstork and Omar Thomas, as well as a piece by Joseph Schwantner written for ensemble and narrator to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  As narrator, Professor Griffin will deliver excerpts from some of King's most powerful speeches.  

The evening opens with a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Johnson who will discuss issues of civil rights past and present, and closes with a post-concert Q&A with the audience, Dr. Johnson and Professor Griffin.  

Dr. Erica Neidlinger, conductor
Dr. Valerie Johnson, lecturer
Phyllis Griffin, narrator


7:30 PM - Pre-concert lecture with Dr. Valerie Johnson
Associate Professor of Political Science, DePaul University

Adolphus Hailstork | Celebration! 

Adolphus Hailstork | American Guernica

Joseph Schwantner; trans. Nikk Pilato | New Morning for the World: Daybreak of Freedom 
Phyllis Griffin, narrator

Omar Thomas | Come Sunday 

Please join us for a question and answer session with Dr. Johnson and Prof. Griffin after the concert.

View complete concert program here

If you are unable to attend the concert in-person, a livestream of the concert will be available here

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is required for all audience members. By purchasing or registering for a ticket to this event, you agree to follow the COVID-19 audience safety requirements. Details found here.

Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Holtschneider Performance Center, Gannon Concert Hall
2330 North Halsted Street

Event Type



School of Music, (All) School of Music, Winds, Brass and Percussion



This concert is free and open to the general public. Advance registration required.



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