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"Diversity in Music is Beautiful" Sunday at Miller

Feb. 16, 2005

KALAMAZOO--The University Symphonic Band and Grand Chorus perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in a free concert titled "Diversity in Music is Beautiful" in Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University. A pre-concert lecture begins at 2:15 p.m.

Nearly 200 students and music faculty members will perform works for the seldom-heard combination of wind band and mixed chorus. Dr. Robert Spradling, director of bands, and Dr. Joe Miller, director of choral music, will conduct and have selected repertoire which includes the contrasting styles of Brahms, Ligeti, Copland and Schmitt. Bradley Wong, professor of clarinet, will be featured in a recent work by McAlister, and the combined ensembles will present the Midwest premiere--and only the second performance--of David Gillingham's "Lifesongs," based on the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Dr. Daniel Jacobson, professor of music, will moderate the pre-concert discussion. He will introduce the programmed works and discuss ways for finding the beauty in each of them. A post-concert discussion will be held in the auditorium's Grand Tier lobby.

Sunday's program is part of the College of Fine Arts' 2004-05 "Journey of the Spirit: Exploring Beauty," a series of nine events, exhibitions and performances in art, dance, music and threatre.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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