Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2004

Rainier Chamber Winds to Perform at Whitworth College

The Seattle-based Rainier Chamber Winds, the only professional ensemble of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, will perform Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The octet's performance will feature two works from the group's recent CDs: Ludwig van Beethoven's Octet, Op. 103 and Gioacchino Rossini's Barber of Seville. The ensemble will also perform Eugene Bozza's Octanphonie, among other pieces.

Founded in 1990 by conductor Kathleen Macferran, a 1984 Whitworth alumna, Rainier Chamber Winds aims to inspire listeners with performances that enliven chamber-wind music. The ensemble provides the public with opportunities to hear rich but seldom-performed chamber-wind-ensemble compositions from the Baroque through the Modern periods.

Since its inception, Rainier Chamber Winds has collaborated with more than 20 Seattle-area organizations, providing children and adults with music education that integrates music with other art forms such as mime, literature, poetry, dance and visual forms of expression.

The ensemble has performed in diverse venues including the Seattle Art Museum, art galleries, private homes, public schools, community centers, libraries, and the Lake Union workshop of glass artist Dale Chihuly.

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.


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

Joan Lack, program assistant for Music Department, 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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