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Normal West Wind Ensemble to perform in Sydney Opera House, Australia
As Normal West High School’s 20th year winds down, the Normal West Wind Ensemble is gearing up for its first performance at the world-renowned Sydney Opera House (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to its performance in the Opera House, the band will perform at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Verbrugghen Concert Hall, the Sydney Town Hall, and outdoors at Darling Harbour’s Harbourside Amphitheatre. All performances are part of the World Projects Australian International Music Festival. Approximately fifty NCWHS musicians, two directors, and more than thirty family members will travel “down under” from June 26 through July 4, 2015, taking part in the performance tour. Festival events include an adjudicated performance, a workshop with a festival clinician, and an exchange rehearsal in which the Normal West musicians will mix with a similar ensemble from another country, playing one another’s music.
While on tour, the Wind Ensemble will perform music written by prominent American composers, including the World Premiere performance of a new piece by Robert Sheldon. Sheldon, a resident of Normal, is one of the most performed composers of wind band music today. For this series of performances, he penned With Every Sunrise, a piece commissioned by the Normal West High School Wind Ensemble and written for the composer’s late partner. Prior to the their partnership on this new piece, the Wind Ensemble commissioned Mr. Sheldon to write A Longford Legend, marking the school’s opening day (1995), and Metroplex: Three Postcards from Manhattan, marking the school’s tenth anniversary and the ensemble’s first performance in Carnegie Hall, New York City (2005). Both pieces are among Sheldon’s most frequently performed works. The NCWHS fight song was also composed by Mr. Sheldon. He will join the band in Australia and conduct the World Premiere of With Every Sunrise in the Sydney Opera House this summer.
In addition to its upcoming Australian tour, the Normal West High School Wind Ensemble has also performed at:
• The Isaac Stern Auditorium (main auditorium) at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
• Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, Home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
• Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
• The Capitol and Lincoln Monument, Washington, D. C.
• On a Carnival Cruise Ship in Nassau, the Bahamas
• The Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Champaign, IL
• and at the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Conference, Peoria, IL
The Normal West High School Wind Ensemble will host a public preview concert in the Bloomington-Normal area (site to be determinded) on Monday, June 22, at 7:00 PM.
News from the Capitol
For the last 10 years, I have worked toward meaningful pension reform that safeguards the interests of our retired teachers and state workers and balances those interests against the ability and willingness of taxpayers to fund our state retirement systems. I respect the Court’s opinion today but respectfully disagree with its conclusions. I will continue to work toward a resolution to our pension funding crisis that meets the constitutional standards reinforced by the court today and that works to protect our taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.
We must come together to find a solution that honors and protects the state’s current pension benefits for state retirees while also easing the burden on Illinois taxpayers.
With mere weeks remaining until the scheduled May 31st adjournment date, Democratic legislators have chosen to engage in political gamesmanship rather than working to fill the projected $6 billion hole in the FY 16 budget. The time has come to make real progress toward a balanced, sustainable FY 16 budget rather than operating like ‘business as usual’. We must face the issues head on and move forward.
Meanwhile, working groups established by the Governor covering a wide range of state issues continue to meet as lawmakers work toward essential reforms of state government. However, progress on workers’ compensation reform was called into question, when a rare full House hearing was called to invite public feedback on the issue, but limited testimony was allowed from major stakeholders.
Your input is vital to the work I do. Please contact my office or myself with questions or concerns. Make sure your voice is heard in Springfield!
You can also visit my legislative website at www.brady.senategop.org.
from Senator Jason Barickman 53rd District
Ignition Interlock Devices for more than one DUI
It’s been a busy week at the State Capitol, as we continue to consider bills that have already passed the Illinois House. We also continue to work on new legislation to tackle a wide variety of issues. One example I would like to share with you is a bill that I hope could reduce drunk driving on our roads.
Senate Bill 627 was inspired by the work of the Secretary of State Traffic Advisory Council, a legislative body that I am proud to be a member of. The bill would require an ignition interlock device to be installed on the cars of any individual who has had more than one DUI, or was convicted of a DUI in an accident that caused great bodily harm or death.
If you’re not familiar with ignition interlock devices, they are systems installed in cars which require the driver to provide a breath sample before a car will start. Drivers are also required to provide a breath sample at various points will driving. The technology is similar to the breathalyzers used by police to test suspected drunk drivers.
The intent of this legislation is simple, to prevent repeat drunk drivers. People make mistakes, sometimes leading to DUI’s, and that is why we have a process for drivers to earn their licenses back. But if they don’t learn their lesson, and they continue to endanger our roads with the dangerous decision to drive while drunk, then we have to take steps to keep them off of our roads.
I believe this is a common sense approach to a serious problem, and I hope we will be able to pass it into law.
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News from State Rep. Dan Brady
Thank you for your confidence in me
I would like to say thank you to all the very generous and kind individuals who have emailed, called or stopped me to convey their confidence in me to represent them in the United States Congress. I also thank those who reached out to me to say they thought I should remain as State Representative in the 105th Legislative District to work on the many challenges facing the State of Illinois.
After much discussion with my family, friends, supporters, advisors, and others, I have made my decision not to place my name on the ballot for the special election for the vacancy in the 18th Congressional District.
There were many factors involved in my decision, including my family, my present responsibility as State Representative and my business partnership as Funeral Director at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Funeral Home.
I also wish to thank the citizens of the 18th Congressional District, Republicans and Democrats alike. There are many gracious people-some I have known for years and others whom I just had the chance to meet. The kindness and offers to help will never be forgotten.
This exploration has taught me much in a short time and I will not rule out any future elective office. I am thankful for the privilege to serve the people as State Representative of the 105th Legislative District and I look forward to continuing my work in the State House.Thank you for your confidence in me
Sugar Grove Nature Center Happenings
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at
For more information phone 309.874.2174 or email email@example.com. Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center, membership and program information visit us on-line at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org.
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