Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 11, 2003

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Perform in Fall Concert

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will pay tribute to prominent 19th- and 20th-century composers in its fall concert, "Tributes," on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The title of the concert stems from the fact that most of the pieces in the concert were composed as tributes to people, ensembles or musical eras, says Whitworth Wind Symphony Director and Associate Professor of Music Richard Strauch.

Pieces to be featured in the concert include Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy, Vincent Persichetti's Symphony No. 6, Hector Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture, John Philip Sousa's Sabre and Spurs, Frank Ticheli's Pacific Fanfare, Eric Whitacre's October and Philip Sparke's The White Rose. The concert's two major pieces, Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy and Persichetti's Symphony No. 6, are 20th-century masterpieces, according to Strauch.

"The ensemble is particularly outstanding this year," Strauch says. "Combined with a strong returning group of players, we have been fortunate to add a number of especially talented freshmen; this year's group is probably the most consistent and solid in every section that we have had."

The Whitworth Wind Symphony, which will tour and perform in Hawaii during spring break 2004, performed at the 1999 and 2001 All-Northwest MENC conventions and at the 2002 College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Regional Conference in March 2002. The wind symphony has recorded and released two compact discs, "In the Spring" (1998) and "New Century Dawn" (2000), which can be purchased in the music office or at the Whitworth bookstore.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Richard Strauch, associate professor of music, 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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