Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Nov. 4, 2008

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Present Fall Concert, "Beyond," Nov. 16

WHAT: Whitworth Wind Symphony fall concert, "Beyond"

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 16, 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 open with Wataru Hokoyama's Beyond, followed by performances of Serge Rachmaninov's Vespers and Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy. Other pieces will include Myaku, by David Dzubay, Perthshire Majesty, by Samuel Hazo, and Bells for Stokowski, by Michael Daugherty.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony performs under the direction of Professor of Music Richard Strauch. The group 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 ensemble recently recorded its fourth CD, Sea to Shining Sea. Past albums include 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 it was selected to perform at the 2007 Music Educators All-Northwest Conference. In addition to its performances at the state and regional MENC conferences, the group 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.


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.eduor lswegle@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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