Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2005

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Perform "Colorful" Spring Concert May 1

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will perform a spring concert, "Colours," on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

"The concert theme 'Colours' was selected as it relates to the six-movement work with the same title by composer Roger Cichy," says interim conductor Lee Shook. "The piece will comprise a major portion of the concert repertoire. Each movement of the work is titled as, and is descriptive of, a specific visual color: Amber, Dark Jade, Blue Sapphire, Mauve, Dark Ivy and Burgundy Red."

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will also play pieces including Hey! by Timothy Mahr, Sleep by Eric Whitacre, Introduction, Theme and Variations by Gioachino Rossini, Gum-Sucker's March by Percy Grainger, Overture to "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein, and Black Dog by Scott McAllister. Introduction, Theme and Variations, Black Dog and Overture to "Candide" will feature clarinet soloist Thomas Shook.

"The concert will explore a wide range of musical styles, from classical to modern, including two unusual wind band orchestrations that reference both the rock and jazz genres," Lee Shook says.

Lee Shook is currently serving as interim Whitworth Wind Symphony conductor while conductor Richard Strauch is on sabbatical leave. Shook has served as interim conductor during two previous years. He teaches orchestration and music-education courses for the Whitworth Music Department and works full time as a band director in the Mead School District.

Clarinet soloist Thomas Shook is a 1998 graduate of Whitworth College and holds a master of music degree from Florida State University. He currently performs as principal clarinetist for the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches at Boise State University and Northwest Nazarene University. Thomas Shook has been a featured clarinet soloist with the Eastern Washington University Wind Ensemble, the Darkwood Consort, and the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Lee Shook, interim conductor, Whitworth Wind Symphony, (509) 465-7529 or lshook@mead.k12.wa.us.

Joan Lack, program assistant and performing arts tour coordinator, 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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