Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 25, 2008

Whitworth Symphony Orchestra Concert March 9 to Feature
Winners of Concerto Competition

Who: Whitworth University Symphony Orchestra   

What: Concert featuring winners of second annual Whitworth Concerto Competition

When: Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m.

Where: Founders Theater at St. George's School, 2929 W. Waikiki Road

Cost: Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The March 9 concert will feature the winners of the second annual Whitworth Concerto Competition, which the music department hosts each fall to showcase talented students and provide them with the opportunity to perform with the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra.

This year's competition winners are pianist Rachel Cutler, '10, violinist Michael Korpi, '09, and composer Shawn Tolley, '08. Cutler, a native of Nine Mile Falls, will be featured in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major. Cutler is a student of Whitworth faculty member Judith Schoepflin. Korpi, a resident of Shoreline, is a student of Philip Baldwin and will perform the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Shawn Tolley hails from California and is a composition major who has studied with Brent Edstrom and David Asplin at Whitworth. The orchestra will present Tolley's Symphony No. 1 in D minor, The Immortal Beloved, which recalls Beethoven's unknown and unrequited love interest. Also on the program is the Egmont Overture by Beethoven.  The concert will be conducted by Philip Baldwin, D.M.A., director of string studies and assistant professor of violin at Whitworth.

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.



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 University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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