Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2003

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Perform in Spring Concert April 27

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will perform in a spring concert on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth College. The concert is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The concert will feature works by composers who have drawn their inspiration from various icons. "An icon is something that inspires," says Wind Symphony Conductor Richard Strauch. "It may be an object of religious devotion, or it may be a symbol that embodies some aspect of secular culture."

Composer Michael Daugherty, whose work will be featured in the concert, once noted, "For me an icon - which can be an old postcard, magazine, knick-knack, matchbook, piece of furniture or roadmap - serves as a way to have an emotional reason to compose a new work."

For its spring concert the Whitworth Wind Symphony will perform Daugherty's Niagara Falls, as well as Samuel Hazo's Ride, Stephen McNeff's Ghosts, Gustav Holst's Moorside March and Bob Margolis's Terpsichore.

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.

Wind Symphony Conductor Richard Strauch is an associate professor of music at Whitworth and is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the Northwest. Strauch, a trombonist in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, holds degrees from Yale University and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.

Contacts:

Richard Strauch, associate professor of music and Whitworth Wind Symphony conductor, 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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