Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 3, 2005

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Perform Works
by Women Composers in Nov. 20 Concert

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will present its fall concert, "Bright Circles: Music for Symphonic Winds by Women Composers," on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m., in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth College. The concert is a part of Whitworth's concert series "Women Composers: The Untapped Source." A free-will offering to support the symphony will be taken during the concert. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

"The program will feature great - though relatively unknown - works for winds and percussion by important American and British composers, including Nancy Galbraith, Cindy McTee, Stella Sung and Libby Larsen," says Richard Strauch, associate professor of music and director of the Whitworth Wind Symphony.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony and the Whitworth Jazz Combo were invited to perform at the Washington Music Educators All-State Conference, which will take place in Yakima in February. The Whitworth Wind Symphony was the only college/university ensemble from Washington state that was invited to the conference, which takes place every other year. The symphony was selected based on recordings of its performances last year.

The symphony tours every other year, and recent tours have taken the ensemble to Seattle, San Francisco, Southern California, and Hawaii. The wind symphony has also recorded and released three CDs, In the Spring (1998), New Century Dawn (2000), and Ride (2004). All are available for purchase in the Whitworth Music Office and at the college's bookstore.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony specializes in the performance of traditional and contemporary literature for concert band and wind ensemble and presents several concerts on and off campus throughout the year. The wind symphony has been recognized as one of the outstanding college bands in the region; it has performed at the 1999 and 2001 Washington Music Educators All-Northwest Conference, and at the 2002 College Band Directors National Association Western/ Northwestern Regional Conference.

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.


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

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

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