Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 4, 2002

Whitworth Wind Symphony Concert to Benefit Street Kids Project

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will perform in a benefit concert on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene, located at 15515 E 20th in Veradale. A free-will offering will be taken during the concert for the Whitworth Street Kids Project. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The Street Kids Project is a student-run Whitworth program that works in partnership with Cup of Cool Water, an outreach program for homeless youth in Spokane that was created by Whitworth alumnus Mark Terrell, '94. Whitworth students complete a training program as part of the project, and this year they will begin establishing a school to help homeless youth earn their general education degrees and learn coping strategies.

"The concert will enable us to take our music into the community and share it with people who might not otherwise make it to our campus, and it will also enable us to support an important goal of the Whitworth community - addressing poverty in the region - in a very tangible way," says Richard Strauch, director of the wind symphony and chair of the Music Department at Whitworth.

The idea for the Whitworth Wind Symphony to hold a benefit concert for the Street Kids Project arose in part from a discussion between Strauch and wind symphony members last spring. The students expressed a desire to present more concerts off campus and to play a more active role in the community, Strauch says, and the Street Kids Project was a natural fit with their goals.

"This benefit concert is one way our students can perform for the community and enlist peoples' help in supporting a great cause," Strauch says.

The wind symphony concert will feature a recent piece, Johann de Meij's Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings, as well as more familiar pieces including Percy Grainger's Irish Tune from County Derry (better known as the tune to Danny Boy) and Gustav Holst's First Suite in E-flat.

In recent years the Whitworth Wind Symphony has established itself as one of the outstanding college wind ensembles in the region. The group has presented concerts at the invitation of the 1999 and 2001 Northwest Conventions of the Music Educators National Conferences, and the 2002 Western/Northwestern Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.


Richard Strauch, associate professor of music and wind symphony director, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4587 or rstrauch@whitworth.edu.

Joan Lack, Music Department program assistant, 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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