CCM celebrates the retirement of Professor Terence Milligan with a series of special events beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. The CCM Wind Ensemble, the UC Bearcat Band, alumni members of Phi Alpha Sinfonia and other special guests will take part in the celebrations, which are free and open to the general public.
The pre-concert festivities begin at 7 p.m. with a pre-concert performance by the UC Bearcat Band in the CCM plaza. Milligan directed the Bearcat band from 1979-1992 and remains close friends with many of the band’s alumni.
A meet and greet in CCM’s Baur room will follow the Bearcat Band performance, culminating in the brass and percussion ensembles performing a special fanfare in the Corbett Center Atrium.
The concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium, featuring the Wind Ensemble, which will perform six different pieces, each holding a special meaning for Professor Milligan.
He explains, “The first piece of the concert, Festive Overture, by Dmitri Shostakovich, is the first work I conducted at CCM. Two of the works, Pacem by Robert Spittal and High Adventure (dedicated to the Bearcat Band) by Randol Bass, were composed by former students.
“The final piece, The Sinfonians Symphonic March, by Clifton Williams, is not only for the men in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, for which I serve as chapter faculty advisor, but for all students I have had the privilege to work with,” says Milligan. The concert will be followed by a special presentation on CCM plaza.
Professor Milligan is known for his profound dedication to student development both in the classroom and through UC sponsored organizations. Milligan has served as faculty advisor to the local chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and held a previous advisory role with the Honorary Band Fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. “So many important life lessons are learned outside of the classroom through membership in organizations such as these,” he explains. “These organizations help our students grow into strong, responsible citizens who will shoulder their share of the work, wherever they might be. I believe I can help focus their energy and enthusiasm into worthwhile and beneficial activities.”