Naperville Winds will play their season finale on April 7

The Naperville Winds will perform the last concert of their first season on Thursday, April 7 at North Central College in Naperville.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

The Concert Band launched on the suburban scene in 2021 and has attracted some of the best musicians in the Chicago area. The trip presented some challenges, but the end result was performance of the highest standard. The admiring public jumps to standing ovations after each concert. This concert features the “Fantasia in G Major” by the late German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach; Symphony No. 4 by David Maslanka; and Charles Ives’ Variations on “America,” plus an encore of Omar Thomas’ “Come Sunday,” based on jazz and black gospel music. The concert will also feature the Plainfield South High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Naperville Winds percussionist Jerrod Cook.

Music Director Dr. Sean Kelley shares some thoughts after the first season.

“We’ve created something monumental out of nothing, and every time we rehearse and perform, it’s a miraculous achievement,” Kelley said.

Besides the difficult music, hours of rehearsal, recording and analysis, “the main challenges have been administrative – obtaining 501(c)3 status, obtaining financing and negotiating contracts,” Kelley said.

A group of this caliber requires logistical planning, scheduling, staff juggling and fundraising.

The Naperville Winds have weathered the first season and are eagerly awaiting what is to come. “We’re a unique voice not just in Naperville, but in the entire Chicagoland area,” Kelley said as he looks ahead to next season.

In view of a second season, the audition process begins again. “Those interested in auditioning for the set, supporting us financially, or just attending a concert can visit thenapervillewinds.org for more information,” Kelley said.

Tickets are $10 to $15. Ticket information is available on the website, www.thenapervillewinds.org.

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