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Reflections On “Reflection”

"The energies that you get from mixing musical ages and accomplishments together is quite unique and special" Sulaiman Zai

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A concert poster that reflects on its own title.

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Reflection


First United Church 2420 E. 3rd St. Bloomington, IN 47401

Saturday October 22, 2011 at 7 pm

Sabbatical Year

This is the sabbatical year of composer Sulaiman Zai’s annual musical production. “For this year, I’ve chosen music from past events and new pieces as well so the title ‘Reflection’ fits pretty well.”

Music Tailored To Fit

As in each of the previous years the music is especially composed and chosen for the all volunteer group. “We have quite a variety of ages performing” says Zai. “Some of them are just starting out on their instruments and we even have some seasoned professionals. I try to present each of them with music that is at their level or maybe a little above. It’s quite a task to write for the group, but it has its delights as well.”

Composer/Composer

This is the third year that IU grad, composer and conductor Gary Schneider is coming back to Bloomington to lead the group. “Sulai and I met when we were both in the music school. In those days I was more of a composer and he was more of a solo guitarist, so I wrote some things for him. These days I’m doing more conducting and he’s the one doing the composing.”

For many of the younger players in Saturday’s ensemble this will be the first time that they’ve performed with a conductor. “It’s exciting for me and for them to work all together and the energy and spirit of the whole group is delightful.”

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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