Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2007

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Premiere Works by Local Composers in May 13 Concert

The Whitworth Wind Symphony will perform its spring concert, "Fanfare," on Sunday, May 13, at 3 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth College. General admission is $5; all students and seniors are free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The concert will feature premiere performances of two new works by local composers: Uncommon Journey, composed by Whitworth Associate Professor of Music Brent Edstrom; and Lament to a Fallen Friend, composed by Gonzaga University Professor of Music Robert Spittal, director of the Gonzaga Wind Symphony. During the concert, the Whitworth Wind Symphony will also perform pieces including Short Ride in a Fast Machine, by John Adams; Concertino, op. 26, by Carl Maria von Weber, featuring senior Stacy Boyer on clarinet; Sinfonietta, by Ingolf Dahl; Toccata Marziale, by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and The Sword and the Crown, by Edward Gregson.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony performs under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Richard Strauch. The 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, and 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 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

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

Joan Lack or Loree Swegle , music department program assistants , (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu or lswegle@whitworth.edu.

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

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