Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2009

Whitworth Wind Symphony to Present Spring Concert May 3

What: Whitworth Wind Symphony spring concert, "Postcards"

When: Sunday, May 3, 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 concert, "Postcards," will feature Frank Ticheli’s Postcard, Philip Sparke’s Sunrise at Angel’s Gate, Dana Wilson’s Shortcut Home (composed by Aaron Ruff), and Richard Peaslee’s concerto for trombone, Arrows of Time, featuring Spokane Symphony principal trombonist Kirk Ferguson. It also will feature Aaron Copland’s Emblems, which is the only piece he composed for concert band and contains all of the essential Copland elements, such as grandiose gestures, sweeping melodies, American hymn tunes, and a hint of jazz. The program also will include Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968, which was his response both to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia at the end of the "Prague Spring" in 1968, and to the larger issue of oppression.

"The concert is titled 'Postcards' not only in reference to the opening work, but also to the basic concept of a postcard," says Wind Symphony Director Richard Strauch. "When writing a postcard, you have to be brief, so what you write often becomes a concise expression of intense experiences and feelings. This is what a lot of the music on the program is about."

The Whitworth 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. Last year, the ensemble recorded its fourth CD, Sea to Shining Sea. Past albums include Ride (2004), New Century Dawn (2000), and In the Spring (1998). The CDs are available for purchase in the music office and at the Whitworth University Bookstore.

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 group has been recognized as one of the outstanding college bands in the region, and it has performed at conferences of the Washington Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the College Band Directors National Association.

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.eduor lswegle@whitworth.edu.

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

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