The Joliet Junior College Musica Viva Series presents “Magnificent Metal III: Music for Brass and Organ” on Sunday, Feb. 10, 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 organist and fellow JJC Professor Philip Spencer. The program will feature classical favorites from significant composers including Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Widor and Boellman.
The members of the JJC Brass Quintet are Lauren LeMahieu, trumpet; Jeff McMillin, trumpet; Rich Blaha, french horn; Charles Morgan, conductor/trombone; and John Cryder, tuba.
St. Joseph Church is home to one of Joliet’s largest pipe organs which is housed in a magnificent acoustical setting, making it the ideal location for a concert of brass and organ music.
The concert is free and open to the public. There will be a free-will offering for the restoration of the church’s historic building. For more information, call the JJC Fine Arts Department at (815) 280-2223.
Charles Morgan, professor of music and music coordinator, is the director of bands at Joliet Junior College. He received an associate of arts degree from Joliet Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in music from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in music education 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 Joliet Junior College. 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 doctoral study in choral conducting and organ at the University of Iowa. His teaching duties at JJC include conducting both the college’s choral ensembles and teaching world music, applied and class voice.