Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 25, 2008

Whitworth Symphony Orchestra to Present May 4 Concert at Bing Crosby Theater

Who: Whitworth University Symphony Orchestra

What: Spring concert, "Visual Music"

When: Sunday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

Where: Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

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

Using the same techniques that film-score composers use to underscore action on the screen, the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra, in its spring concert, "Visual Music," will explore the river Moldau as it winds through the Czech countryside in Bedrich Smetana's tone poem, "The Moldau." The symphony orchestra will also perform music by composer and arranger Bruce Frazier that accompanies the TV series JAG and movies such as A Goofy Movie. Del Hungerford, adjunct professor of clarinet, will join the orchestra for a performance of John Williams' The Terminal. The program will also include music from the film Psycho and an overture by Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.

The Whitworth Symphony Orchestra and the Whitworth String Department are under the direction of Philip Baldwin, D.M.A. The orchestra performs literature of the highest quality and features an annual concerto competition and local and regional tours. String players also enjoy many opportunities including performance classes, chamber music, guest master classes, and frequent clinics with principal players and conductors of the Spokane Symphony. Whitworth's music faculty are current or past members of the Spokane Symphony and are active as recitalists, soloists and chamber musicians.

"The symphony orchestra continues to delight and astonish me with its growth and musical maturity," Baldwin says. "These are outstanding players who give their hearts and minds to the pursuit of musical excellence."

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:

Philip Baldwin, conductor of the Whitworth Orchestra and director of string studies, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3268 or pbaldwin@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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