Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2006

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Perform "Bach Rocks!" Concert
April 23 at The Met

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will perform a concert, "Bach Rocks!," at The Metropolitan Performing Arts Center, 901 W. Sprague Ave., on Sunday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $4; students and seniors are free. Purchase tickets at the door. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will be conducted by Associate Professor of Music Richard Strauch, D.M.A., and guest conductor Kyla Fague. The concert will feature works including Fanfare for a New Era, by Jack Stamp; Blithe Bells, by Percy Grainger; Bach's Fugue à la Gigue, by Gustav Holst; Passaglia (Homage on B-A-C-H), by Ron Nelson; Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572/2, by Johann Sebastian Bach; and Symphony No. 2, by Frank Ticheli.

"For more than two-and-a-half centuries, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach has inspired musicians and non-musicians alike, both through its excellence as a work of art and through the power of its human and spiritual expression," Strauch says. "This concert program celebrates the influence Bach's music has had on the repertoire of the symphonic wind ensemble, and includes transcriptions of Bach's music by Gustav Holst and Richard Franko Goldman, as well as original pieces for winds and percussion that have been inspired by Bach."

Kyla Fague, a 2001 graduate of Whitworth College, is director of bands at Medical Lake High School. Beginning in fall 2006, Fague will serve as conductor of the new Whitworth Community Concert Band.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony, which specializes in the performance of outstanding traditional and contemporary literature for concert band and wind ensemble, is recognized as one of the outstanding college bands in the region. The wind symphony performed in February at the 2006 Washington Music Educators Association Conference, and has appeared in concert at the 1999 and 2001 All-Northwest MENC conventions and the 2002 College Band Directors National Association Western/ Northwestern Regional Conference.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony tours every other year. Recent tours have taken the ensemble to Seattle, San Francisco, Southern California, and Hawaii. The wind symphony has released three CDs: In the Spring (1998), New Century Dawn (2000), and Ride (2004).

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.

Contacts:

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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