Guest Conductor Milt Allen of Kansas-Wesleyan University (l) and U of M Morris Director of Symphonic Winds Simon Tillier (r) gear up for the Life in the Groove free concert 3 p.m. Sunday at the Morris Concert Hall. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The 60-member U of M Morris Symphonic Winds will present a program of foot-tapping music called “Life in the Groove” at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Morris Area Elementary School Concert Hall. The free show will be conducted by Simon Tillier, along with guest conductor Dr. Milt Allen of Kansas-Wesleyan University. Allen told the KMRS Community Connection that this program will be different than other Symphonic Winds concerts.

“The music in this concert is actually heavy influenced by popular mediums — jazz, even a little bit of rock,” said Allen. “And so, it’s in some ways more accessible to the listener because what they’re going to be hearing is in some ways more familiar sounds. So, the music that we’re performing runs the gamut in terms of jazz styles and popular music styles.”

Allen praised the U of M Morris music department, noting that most schools of its size would not be able to fill all instrument positions in the orchestra, but the Morris group will have a full sound.


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