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Celebrated composer Ewazen visits campus

March 18, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Musicians of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Western Michigan University's School of Music will present a public concert featuring the works of internationally recognized composer and conductor Eric Ewazen at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The concert, "Dalton Series: Chamber Music of Eric Ewazen," is being made possible through WMU's collaboration with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. It will mark the culmination of Ewazen's two-week Kalamazoo residency. As a visiting artist, he will perform throughout Kalamazoo and work with students and other members of the community.

General admission seating for "Dalton Series: Chamber Music of Eric Ewazen" is $10 and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office.

Ewazen has more than 35 recordings to his credit. They have been released by a dozen distributors and performed by the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, as well as by the Summit Brass Ensemble and the American Brass Quintet. Professional and collegiate ensembles around the world have performed his compositions live.

Originally from Cleveland, Ewazen received his bachelor's degree from the Eastman School and his graduate degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 1980. He has been a guest artist at some 100 colleges and universities.

Ewazen's Kalamazoo residency is sponsored by Music Alive, a national program of the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer. The program is designed to provide orchestras with the resources they need to support the presentation of new music within their communities. The Music Alive program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

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

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