Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 12, 2007

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Present Fall Concert, "Morning Star," Nov. 18

What:  Whitworth Wind Symphony fall concert, "Morning Star"

When:  Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m.

Where: Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University

Cost: $5 general admission; students and senior citizens admitted free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony fall concert will feature Judith Schoepflin, associate professor of music and director of piano studies at Whitworth, in the world premiere of Sinfonietta for Piano and Wind Symphony, composed by Associate Professor Emeritus of Music Mike Young. The concert will also include performances of Paul Hindemith's monumental Symphony in B-flat and works by Maslanka, Bernstein and others.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony performs under the direction of 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; recent tours have taken the ensemble to Seattle, San Francisco 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 university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

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

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

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

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