WHAT: Special Concert for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
WHERE: Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, UI Campus
DATE: Sunday, May 1, 2011
TIME: 6:00-7:00 pm
The University of Illinois Wind Orchestra, under the direction of new faculty member Dr. Linda R. Moorhouse, will present a very special concert on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center on the UI campus. This concert is specifically targeted for families, children and adults who have and/or deal with autism spectrum disorders. The concert will be from 6:00-7:00 pm and is free.
This one-hour long concert will feature all types of music from marches to familiar movie themes, in addition to instrument demonstrations given by the students in the Wind Orchestra. Audience members will be able to move around during the concert and also assist the Wind Orchestra on some of the selections. “This is a very special concert, and may be the first of its kind in this area,” says Moorhouse. “Hardly any families are able to attend live concerts due to some of the behaviors their children may exhibit in public. There will be no judgment and no criticism . . . just a warm and friendly environment for all.”
Moorhouse, one of four band directors at the University of Illinois, taught in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for over twenty years before moving to Champaign-Urbana this August. Last year, she presented a first-ever similar concert in Baton Rouge which was highly successful. “I hope this concert will be just as well-received,” she says. “Since my move to this part of the country, I have been pleased to learn about the active Autism Network both on campus and in the community at large,” she says. “I think it’s very important for our students at the University of Illinois to give back to the community when they can. As such, we are very much looking forward to being able to share our love of music with this very special segment of society.”
For more information please contact Dr. Moorhouse at 217-244-4108, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.