Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 10, 2006

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Perform Nov. 19 Concert, "Escapes"

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will perform its fall concert, "Escapes," on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth College. General admission is $5; seniors and students are free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The wind symphony concert will feature selections including Adam Gorbs' Awayday, Vincent Persichetti's O Cool Is the Valley, John Corigliano's Gazebo Dances, Robert Patterson's Stomp Igor, Martin Ellerby's Paris Sketches, and Michael Gandolfi's Vientos y Tangos.

"Every piece on the program represents, on some level, a kind of 'escape,'" says Richard Strauch, associate professor of music and director of the Whitworth Wind Symphony. "Some are more obvious, like Persichetti's idyllic O Cool Is the Valley, or Ellerby's Paris Sketches. Some suggest an escape to another time or even frame of mind, such as Corigliano's Gazebo Dances or Gandolfi's Vientos y Tangos. Patterson's Stomp Igor represents the composer's attempt to escape the influence of Igor Stravinsky."

The Whitworth Wind Symphony is a select, auditioned 50-member ensemble comprising outstanding wind, brass and percussion student-musicians. The wind 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, Ride (2004), New Century Dawn (2000), and In the Spring (1998).

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. The Whitworth Wind Symphony was recently selected to perform at the 2007 Music Educators All Northwest Conference. In addition to its performances at the state and regional MENC conferences, the wind symphony has appeared 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, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

Joan Lack, music department program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu.

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

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