Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 6, 2002

Whitworth Presents Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 2002 Spring Concert Tour

Whitworth's finest student musicians will perform during the Whitworth College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 2002 Spring Tour. During the concerts the wind ensemble, conducted by Associate Professor of Music Richard Strauch, will perform selections including Early Light, by Carolyn Bremer, French Impressions, by Guy Woolfenden, and Gloriosa, by Yasuhide Ito. The jazz ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Brent Edstrom, will perform selections including My Funny Valentine, arranged by Steve Turre, El Camino Real, by J.J. Johnson, and Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine, by Jerome Kern.

The Whitworth Wind Ensemble tours every other year to locations such as San Francisco, Southern California and Hawaii. The ensemble performed at the Music Educators National Conference Northwest divisional conventions in 1999 and 2001 and will make its first appearance at the Western/Northwestern Divisional Conference of the College Band Directors National Association this month. The ensemble will release its third CD later this year.

The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble recently won first place in the college/university division at the 35th annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho, and has performed on tour in Germany, Italy, Australia and Cuba. Each year, the ensemble performs at Whitworth with an acclaimed guest artist. Recent guests include Byron Stripling, Joe Lovano and Bob Mintzer. The ensemble was one of two jazz big bands selected to perform at the All-Northwest Music Educators Festival in 1993, 1995 and 1999.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,100 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

During their tour, the Whitworth Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform at locations in Oregon, California, Nevada and Washington. Admission is free for all performances. Following is concert information for each location.

Bend, Oregon
Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
230 NE 9th St.

Chico, California
Sunday, March 17, 7 p.m.
Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church
208 W. First St.

Carmichael, California
Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Carmichael Presbyterian Church
5645 Marconi Ave.

Saratoga, California
Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Saratoga Presbyterian Church
20455 Herriman Ave.

Reno, Nevada
March 21, 7 p.m.
St. John's Presbyterian Church
1070 W. Plumb Lane

Spokane, Washington
Monday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church
312 W. Hawthorne Rd.

Contacts:

Kevin Benson, fine arts tour coordinator, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4769 or kbenson@whitworth.edu.

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

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