Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 30, 2001

Whitworth Professor Concludes 25-Year Music Career with Capstone Composition, Concert

For a quarter of a century, Associate Professor of Music Michael Young has tirelessly supported Whitworth College's award-winning music program by composing pieces for the college's wind ensemble, choir, faculty and students, and by serving as professor of music theory and composition at Whitworth. To mark his retirement and to honor his 25 years of distinguished service to the college, the Whitworth Wind Ensemble and Choir will perform Young's commissioned work, Visions from the Apocalypse, in concert.

The performance will take place Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. as part of the Whitworth Wind Ensemble spring concert. Directed by Associate Professor of Music Richard Strauch, the ensemble will perform such works as Laudes by Ron Nelson, Fireworks by Gregory Youtz, and Ave Maria by Franz Biebl. The concert will conclude with the world premiere of Young's Visions from the Apocalypse. Strauch will direct the ensemble and the Whitworth Choir as they perform Young's commissioned work. The concert is free and open to the public.

A pre-concert dessert and ceremony honoring Young will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building Cafe at Whitworth. During the dessert Young will discuss his work, and Whitworth administrators and faculty will offer their reflections upon Young and his career. Tickets for the dessert are $5. For dessert reservations or more information, please call the Whitworth Music Office at 777-3280.

In anticipation of Young's May 2001 retirement, Whitworth music professors Dan Keberle and Dick Evans conspired with alumni, faculty and staff, and Spokane community members last spring to raise $5,000 to commission Young to create a capstone composition. Young composed the piece during the ensuing months, using the fourth chapter of Revelation from the Bible as the foundation for Visions from the Apocalypse.

In addition to teaching and composing at Whitworth, Young has had his works performed by groups including the Spokane Symphony, the Spokane String Quartet, Orchestra Seattle, and Opus 7. Young's work has also been performed at the Juilliard School of Music as well as at yearly meetings of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. An avid mountain climber, Young has scaled more than 300 mountains; these treks inspired him to compose a musical series, Mountain Sketches, featuring photos taken on his climbing adventures accompanied by music composed for each photo.


Dan Keberle, professor of music, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4582 or dkeberle@whitworth.edu.

Joan Lack, Music Department secretary, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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