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Symphonic Band opens 2000-01 season

Oct. 3, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Symphonic Band will open its 2000­01 season in grand fashion on Sunday, Oct. 15. The program begins at 3 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. Admission is free.

Director of Bands Robert Spradling, the ensemble's conductor, has programmed a variety of music featuring soloists from WMU's nationally recognized faculty. Michael Miller (English horn) and Scott Thornburg (trumpet) will perform Aaron Copland's Quiet City in observance of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth year.

Singers Diana Spradling and Sunny Wilkinson will be featured on Bernard Gilmore's Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Band, a delightful mix of Irish, American, Greek, Spanish, and Yiddish folk songs.

Other works include a setting of Hector Berlioz's "March Hongroise" from the Damnation of Faust; David Maslanka's A Child's Garden of Dreams; and J.S. Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, observing the 250th anniversary of Bach's death year.

Media contact: Kevin West; 616 387-4678; kevin.west@wmich.edu

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