Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 5, 2004

Whitworth Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble to Launch Spring Concert Tour

The acclaimed Whitworth Wind Symphony and Whitworth Jazz Ensemble will perform in venues throughout the island of Oahu, in Hawaii, March 21-26 during their spring 2004 concert tour, and will conclude their tour with a March 29 Spokane performance. The wind symphony and jazz ensemble tour the Western United States every other year during spring break; they last performed on tour in Hawaii in 1987.

During the 2004 tour, the 53-member wind symphony, led by conductor Richard Strauch, will perform selections including Königsmarsch by Richard Strauss; Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli; and Jubilare! by John Stevens.

The 19-member jazz ensemble, led by director Dan Keberle, will perform selections including Hot House, arranged by Jack Cooper; A Night in Tunisia, arranged by Ojeda; and My Funny Valentine, arranged by Tapper.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony performed at the 2001 and 1999 All-Northwest MENC conventions and at the 2002 College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Regional Conference. The wind symphony has recorded and released two compact discs, "In the Spring" (1998) and "New Century Dawn" (2000).

The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble won first place in the college/university division at the 2004 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; this is the ensemble's fifth first-place win in the past eight years. The ensemble has also been selected to perform at five recent Music Educators All-State and All-Northwest conventions. The group has performed in concert at Whitworth with guest artists including Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton, Joe Lovano and Nicholas Payton. The ensemble has also performed on tour in Germany, Australia, Italy and Cuba. Last fall the ensemble released its fifth CD, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon."

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.

Following is information for each concert location; for additional information, please call (509) 777-3280. The concerts are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken:

Sunday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.
Whitworth Wind Symphony church-service performance
Kawaiahao Church 957 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, Hawaii
(Performance will take place during prelude and offertory, and for 20-30 minutes after church service concludes.)

Sunday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Harris United Methodist Church
20 S. Vineyard Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m.
Central Union Church 1660 S. Beretania St.
Honolulu, Hawaii
Whitworth alumni reception to follow concert

Wednesday, March 24, 12-1 p.m.
Whitworth Wind Symphony Ala Moana Shopping Center Centerstage
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Wednesday, March 24, 2-3 p.m.
Whitworth Jazz Ensemble Ala Moana Shopping Center Centerstage
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Friday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Waialua United Church of Christ 67174 Farrington Hwy.
Waialua, Hawaii

Monday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Whitworth Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble Home Concert
Cowles Auditorium, Whitworth College
Spokane, Wash.

Contacts:

Joan Lack, fine arts tour coordinator, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu.

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

Dan Keberle, Whitworth Jazz Ensemble director and professor of music, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4582 or dkeberle@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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