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Conductor and Professor

Summer, 2022 International Concerts

1)  May 15 - May 30, 2022 - Posadas, Misiones ARGENTINA

           Grillos Sinfonicos - Conciertos May 20, 21, 27

                  Handel - MUSIC FROM THE ROYAL FIREWORKS

                  Beethoven - SYMPHONY NO. 1 (1st movt.)

                  Webber - PIA JESU from the "REQUIEM

                  Williams - MUSIC FROM "STAR WARS"

                  Marquez - CONGA DEL FUEGO

           Orquesta del Teatro de Conocimiento -

                  Beethoven - VIOLIN CONCERTO (Diego Salazar)

                  Ravel - LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN

                                                              Conciertos May 28, 29

2) June 5 - 12 - Orquesta Sinfonica de Mendoza, ARGENTINA

           Barber - ESSAY #2

           Peireira - CONCIERTO POR CONTRABAJO 

                                                 (Carlos Vergenzuela)

           Brahms - SINFONIA #1 - Concert June 11

                 June 15 - 30, 2022 - Asuncion, Paraguay

 3) June 22 - Orquesta de la Ciudad de Asuncion (OCMA)

              Mendelssohn - VIOLIN CONCERTO in D MINOR

                        (Miguel Echaverria)

             Vaughan - Williams - FANTASIA ON THOMAS TALLIS

             Mendelssohn - OCTET FOR STRINGS

                                                                        

 4)  June 23 Camerata Miranda/UniNorte 

              Barber - ADAGIO FOR STRINGS

              Brahms - SEXTET NO. 2

 5) June 28 - Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Paraguay

              Ives - VARIATIONS ON AMERICA

              Copland - FOUR DANCE EPISODES FROM "RODEO"

              Hanson - SYMPHONY NO. 2 "ROMANTIC)

                                                      

 6) June 29 - Orquesta de la Policia Nacional, Asuncion

 7) July 8 - Orquesta Camera de Salta, ARGENTINA

              Ives - VARIATIONS ON AMERICA

              Copland - FOUR DANCE EPISODES FROM "RODEO"

              Hanson - SYMPHONY NO. 2 "ROMANTIC)

       

 8) August 15 - Guadiagrele, Italy GO Opera Festival

               Verdi - RIGOLETTO

      UPCOMING CONCERTS

    Illinois State University

           Illinois State University Symphony/Phiharmonia

                          2022 – 2023 Concert Season

             Dr. Glenn Block, Music Director and Conductor                  

 1) Sunday, September 18, 2022 – 3:00 PM Symphony Collage 

          Wagner – OVERTURE TO “RIENZI” 

          Kousevitzky - CONCERTO FOR DOUBLE BASS 

                          Benjamin DeKock, faculty double bass soloist   

 2) Sunday, September 25, 2022 – 7:00 PM Symphony Concert 

          Wagner – OVERTURE TO "RIENZI” 

          Koussevitzky - CONCERTO FOR DOUBLE BASS

                          Benjamin DeKock, faculty double bass soloist

          Schumann – SYMPHONY NO. 4 

 

 3) Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – 7:00 PM Philharmonia 

          Mozart – DIVERTIMENTO K. 136 FOR STRINGS

          Sibelius – ANDANTE FESTIVO FOR SRINGS

          Hovhaness – PSALM AND FUGUE FOR STRINGS

 

 4) Wednesday, October 19 – Thursday, October 20

                       Symphony Chicago Tour

           Wagner – OVERTURE TO "RIENZI” 

           Koussevitzky - CONCERTO FOR DOUBLE BASS

                         Benjamin DeKock, faculty double bass soloist

            Bloch - SCHELOMO FOR CELLO

                         Cora Swenson Lee, faculty cello soloist

            Schumann – SYMPHONY NO. 4 

 

 5) Sunday, October 30, 2022 – 3:00 PM Symphony Concert 

            Bloch - SCHELOMO FOR CELLO

                         Cora Swenson Lee, faculty cello soloist

            Haydn – MASS IN TIME OF WAR

                  Michelle Vought, Elizabeth Thompson, Justin                                Vickers, John Koch, faculty vocal soloists

                  Civic Choir, Concert Choir, Belle Voix, Glee Clubs

 

 6) Saturday, November 12, 2022 – Symphony MUSIC FOR ALL

                 SUITE FROM "POLAR EXPRESS"

                 Wagner – OVERTURE TO "RIENZI” 

                 Koussevitzky - CONCERTO FOR DOUBLE BASS

                        Benjamin DeKock, faculty double bass soloist

                       

 7) Saturday, December 10,11,2022 – Symphony/Philharmonia                                  MUSIC FOR HOLIDAYS

            Anderson – CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

            Anderson – SLEIGH RIDE

            Reed – RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS MUSIC

            Vaughan-Williams – FANTASIA ON GREENSLEEVES

                        Kimberly Risinger, faculty flute soloist

                        Angelo Favis, faculty guitar soloist

            Vivaldi – "WINTER" FROM THE SEASONS 

                       Igor Kalnin, faculty violin soloist

 

  8) Tuesday, February 28, 2023 – 7:00 PM Philharmonia String 

             Repertoire TBA

 9) Joint Schools of Theater/Dance and Music Opera 

            March 3 - 9, 2023

            Humperdinck – HANSEL AND GRETEL 

 

 10) Thursday, March 30, 2023 – 8:00 PM RED NOTE FESTIVAL 

            Winner Composition Competition Contest (TBA)

            Repertoire from resident RED NOTE guest composer 

 

 11) Wednesday, April 19, 2023 – 7:00 PM Philharmonia String 

            Repertoire TBA

      

 12) Sunday, April 23, 2023 – 3:00 PM – Concerto-Aria Concert 

           Concerto-Arias TBA

            Hindemith – SYMPHONIC MERTAMORPHOSIS

 

 

            

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BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Glenn Block has served as the Director of Orchestras and Opera and Professor of Conducting at Illinois State University since 1990. In addition, he served as Music Director of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City from 1983-2007. Prior to his appointment at Illinois State in the fall of 1990, Dr. Block served for 15 years as Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri - Kansas City and Music Director of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Block was educated at the Eastman School of Music. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego.

 

A frequent guest conductor, he has appeared in over 42 states with all-state and professional orchestras. Foreign guest-conducting have included concerts and master classes at the Fontainebleau Conservatoire in France, and concerts in Spain, Canada, Colombia, Estonia, Russia, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic and throughout South America since 2012. He has served on the Boards of Directors for both the Conductors Guild and the Youth Orchestra Division of the American Symphony Orchestra League. The Youth Symphony of Kansas City and Dr. Block made their Carnegie Hall debut in June 1997. Dr. Block has served on the faculty of the National Music Camp at Interlochen as Resident Conductor of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and at the Interlochen Arts Academy as Visiting Conductor. In addition, he has served as Music Director of the Summer Festival Orchestra at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. This year, he has also been invited to serve as Adjunct Professor of Conducting at Illinois Wesleyan University. He will be returning in the summer of 2022 to guest-conduct orchestras in Argentina (Teatro Colon, Misiones/Posadas, Mar del Plata, Mendoza); Londrina, Brazil; Antofagasta, Chile; and Guadiagrele, Italy.

 

He has conducted many of the major orchestras of Argentina: Teatro Colon, Chascomus, Posadas, Salta, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Iguazu International Music Festival; Paraguay: Orquesta Nacional de Paraguay, Camerata Miranda, Orquesta de la Policia Nacional, Orquesta Camera de la Ciudad de Asuncion (OCMA); Londrina, Brazil International Music Festival (2019); Guadiagrele, Italy Opera Festival (2019, 2020, 2022); Wuhan, China (2019); Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam National Orchestra of Vietnam (2018). He has led international conducting seminars throughout South America, Asia, and Europe.