Elicio Winds Performing Alabama-focused Lunchtime Concert

Contributed by OLLI

As part of an eight-part series of public programs focused on the wilderness and wild places of Alabama, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Auburn University presents Elicio Winds, a musical ensemble comprised of current Auburn University Music faculty Virginia Broffitt Kunzer (flute), Kathleen Carter Bell (oboe) and Conor Bell (bassoon). The program is from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill, 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn. The trio will present two Alabama-focused pieces composed especially for the ensemble.

Clockwork by California-based internationally known composer, conductor and pianist Craig Michael Davis is a five-movement work inspired by the varied landscapes of Alabama. Video depicting these Alabama landscapes will accompany the piece as part of a multimedia collaboration with the Auburn University Media Studies department.

Elicio will also perform Birds of Maycomb by internationally acclaimed composer and flutist Timothy Hagen. Hagan used characters in Harper Lee’s iconic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird as a starting point for the composition wherein each movement imagines Lee’s fictional citizens of Maycomb, Alabama, as different species of birds native to Alabama, complete with the distinct calls of each bird.

“Rather than a retelling of the story, the piece is a reflection on the nature of the characters, an exploration of their identities as much as their actions,” Hagen said.

Elicio Winds commissioned the original compositions from Davis and Hagen with help from a grant from The Alabama State Council on the Arts. This performance as well as the six other public presentations to follow in OLLI’s fall series, “Wild Alabama” is supported by a generous grant from the F. Allen and Louise K. Turner Foundation.

Please note that earlier advertising announced this program as taking place at Boykin Community Center.

OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach. Its mission is to enrich the lives of senior adults by providing opportunities to engage with ideas, one another and our community. OLLI administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property, 1031 S. College St., Auburn, Alabama. For more information about OLLI programs, membership, and scholarships or to learn about becoming a Volunteer Faculty Member contact Barbara Daron, OLLI Program Coordinator, at 334-844-3102, olli@auburn.edu, or visit the website at www.auburn.edu/olli.