Good Luck At SuperState

Good Afternoon ETHS Band Families,
     Tomorrow afternoon, the ETHS Wind Symphony will be performing at the University of Illinois SuperState Concert Band Festival - the most prestigious band festival in the state and one of the finest in the country.  Please consider tuning in at 4:30 p.m. - the event will be live-streamed at   Wind Symphony students are reminded to arrive at 10:00 a.m. sharp to load the buses and depart.  Students will need their concert attire, a sack lunch for the bus, and $15 for dinner along with their instruments and music.  It will be a terrific day and a great experience for all.  Read more about SuperState below, as well as at 

About Illinois SuperState
      Started by former Director of Bands Dr. Harry Begian, the University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Festival is designed to bring the finest middle and high school bands to the Urbana-Champaign campus for two days of music making.  While designed to be a non-competitive event in nature, the festival requires the submission of 12 minutes of recorded music in the form of mp3 files to be pre-screened and evaluated by a panel of adjudicators from across the country.  Through this blind, refereed submission process, the top bands from each category are invited to campus to perform at this prestigious festival.  At the end of the festival, the best band from each performing division is designated “Honor Band,” a privilege that automatically qualifies the group for performance at the festival the following year without having to submit another recording.  This festival is famous for the extremely high quality of literature selected, and the high performance accuracy and expressivity demonstrated by the bands who take the stage.

About Foellinger Great Hall @ The Krannert Center
     The Foellinger Great Hall is Krannert Center’s largest theater with a seating capacity of 2,078 people on its main floor, balcony, and choral balcony levels.  The carpeting outside and inside this theater, as well as the seats, are beige in color, giving a light and airy feel to this expansive performance space.  The Great Hall is reserved primarily for the presentation of vocal and instrumental music, from small ensembles to large orchestras and choruses, because of its world-renowned acoustical perfection.  There are several factors that contribute to the Great Hall’s fine acoustics.  The room is almost perfectly symmetrical.  Mrs. Krannert made it clear to Max Abramivitz, that she disliked the appearance of traditional acoustic clouds on the ceilings of most performance spaces.  Since his firm did not specialize in acoustics, Abramavitz hired Dr. C. Cyral Harris to assist with the acoustical design of the Great Hall’s interior space.  Dr. Harris used a computer to help design the ceiling, a pretty advanced task in the early 1960s.  The ceiling is made from plaster and is suspended from the true ceiling of the room by heavy-duty springs. 

     The seats in the Foellinger Great Hall also contribute to the hall’s fine acoustics.  The fabric and foam used in the seats is designed to absorb equal amounts of sound whether occupied or not.  The foam in the seats is less dense in areas where the sound is most live, and more dense in areas where the sound is most dead, in order to help reflect the sound better.  The Great Hall was designed without any parallel surfaces.  All of the surfaces are angled, so that sound will never become trapped but always reflect into the audience. 
     At the back and above the stage, a mechanized temporary wall can be raised or lowered to reveal as few as two rows or up to five rows of choral balcony seats.  The balcony is used for the choral ensemble in music programs that require full orchestra with large chorus.  It is also used to seat patrons who wish to see the front of the conductor or as additional seating for popular performances.  The Foellinger Great Hall stage floor, house floor, and stage risers are made of white oak.  Because the area under the stage floor is hollow, many musicians claim that when performing with a large group they can feel tones resonating from the stage.  Specially designed ambient lighting reduces glare for the performers on stage.  Microphones frequently hang over the stage for purposes of recording.  In fact, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra regularly recorded in the Foellinger Great Hall until its own new facilities of the early 1990s made it possible for them to record in their own performance home.

Let's make it a great day to be a Wildkit!

Mr. Bufis