NIU Wind Ensemble & NIU Wind Symphony Concert featuring award-winning composer Shawn E. Okpebholo

Join us for this special concert for the world premiere performance of award-winning composer Shawn E. Okpebholo's composition "Gale and Zephyr."  A Grammy-nominated artist, Okpebholo’s music has been featured on PBS Newshour and radio broadcasts across the country, including NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, SiriusXM’s Living American series, and Chicago’s WFMT-FM. Learn more by visiting the NIU Arts Blog.

Tickets are only available online.  Tickets are not available at the door.

Thomas Bough, director



  • Vesuvius - Frank Ticheli (b. 1958), Leif Albertson, Conductor    
  • Meditation - Dwayne S. Milburn (b. 1963), Leif Albertson, Conductor
  • The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre (b. 1970), Leif Albertson, Conductor 
  • Give Us This Day (Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble) - David Maslanka (1943 - 2017), Thomas Bough, Conductor   


  • Serenade, Op. 43 - Emil Hartmann (1836 - 1898) ed. Joshua Kearney, NIU Chamber Winds

1.    Andante and Allegro Pastorale
4.   Finale     

  • William Byrd Suite - freely transcribed by Gordon Jacob (1895 - 1984) 

1.    The Earle of Oxford’s March 
2.    Pavana 
3.    Jhon come kiss me now 
4.    The Mayden’s Song 
5.    Wolsey’s Wilde 
6.    The Bells 

  • Hymn to a Blue Hour - John Mackey (b. 1973)                 


  • Gale and Zephyr - Shawn Okpebholo (b. 1981) **World Premiere, Commissioned by Northern Illinois University  

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Music Building, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall
550 Lucinda Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115

Event Type

Concerts, Exhibits and Performances


Arts and Culture, Music and Concerts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students



General Public $10, Non-NIU students, Seniors, and Staff $5, NIU Student are free

School of Music
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Tina Zemzemi

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