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Kish Band salutes American composers

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Kishwaukee Concert Band will present “An American Collection” at 3 p.m. May 19 at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, inside the Northern Illinois University Music Building.

John Hansen, Dave Lehman and Gene Vanden Bosch will take turns leading the band in a variety of selections, all created by American composers. Special guest artist will be soprano Emily Truckenbrod.

Truckenbrod is a DeKalb High School alumna and an assistant professor and the director of vocal studies at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She has performed throughout the United States and in Italy, France, Austria and Honduras. This summer, she will perform in Tanzania. Reviewers have described her voice as “having sweet clarity” which “personifies the joy of the music.”

Truckenbrod will sing original arrangements of three hymns as conceived by contemporary composer Luigi Zaninelli: “His Eye is on the Sparrow,“ “Shall We Gather at the River” and “Amazing Grace.”

This final concert of the 2012-2013 season is sponsored by LeRoy Greathouse of Sycamore. The band is grateful for support from the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

This concert is free and handicapped-accessible. Donations are appreciated. Rehearsals, which are held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb, will resume in September. No auditions are needed; musicians must only be older than age 18 with previous band experience.

For more information, call John at 815-825-2350, Sue at 815-899-4867, or visit

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