Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 14, 2003

Whitworth String Orchestra to Perform in April 22 Concert

The Whitworth String Orchestra, conducted by Roberta Bottelli, is broadening its musical horizons during its spring concert by performing two jazz pieces, What's Next and Bossa Verde, by Bert Ligon. The concert will take place Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall at Whitworth College. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777- 3280.

During the concert the orchestra will also perform Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite for String Orchestra, Gustav Holst's, Brook Green Suite, Gabriel Faure's, Nocturne, and Joesph Haydn's Symphony No. 49.

"We are adding winds and brass for the Holst and the Haydn pieces, which is pretty exciting," Bottelli says.

Last year Bottelli began establishing a string program at Whitworth. In addition conducting the string orchestra, she recruits students and coaches the string quartet. Bottelli and Whitworth Music Department faculty plan to create a full symphonic orchestra - complete with winds, brass and percussion - within the next five years.

"Much of the most important music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms was created for symphony orchestra, in which the majority of the musicians are string players," Bottelli says. "Our goal is to attract more string students to Whitworth and to provide an environment in which they can grow as musicians."

Contacts:

Roberta Bottelli, string orchestra conductor, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3280.

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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