Concerts feature WMU and high school musicians
March 22, 2007
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's School of Music will host five performances and several special sessions during its 39th Annual Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music Thursday, March 29. The conference will begin with rehearsals at 8:30 a.m., and will conclude with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the University Symphonic Band, Western Winds and the Eric Ewazen All-Star Band.
The conference is held each year to promote the performance, understanding and composition of quality wind and percussion music. All events take place on WMU's main campus, in either Miller Auditorium or the Dalton Center, and are free and open to the public. Performances are listed below.
For additional information on rehearsals or special sessions, please contact Carl Doubleday at (269) 387-4681 or Robert Spradling at (269) 387-4703.
Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music
10:30 a.m., Dalton Center Recital Hall
1 p.m., Miller Auditorium
2 p.m., Miller Auditorium Lobby
2:45 p.m., Miller Auditorium
7:30 p.m., Miller Auditorium
Each year the Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music focuses on one guest composer and conductor whose works are featured throughout the day's events. This year's featured artist is Eric Ewazen, a prominent composer and conductor from the Juilliard School, who will be in Kalamazoo for two weeks as a visiting artist. His residency is being made possible through WMU's collaboration with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. While in Kalamazoo, he will perform and host workshops at WMU and throughout the community.
Ewazen's recorded pieces total more than 35 and have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Summit Brass Ensemble and the American Brass Quintet. His compositions have been performed live by professional and collegiate ensembles around the world.
Media contact: Tracey Lawie, (269) 387-2309, firstname.lastname@example.org