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Concert features 140 wind and percussion students

Nov. 12, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Two of Western Michigan University's student ensembles, the University Concert Band and University Symphonic Band, will come together to present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Miller Auditorium.

The University Concert Band will open the program with two movements from Gustav Holst's "The Planets," and will perform works by Johannes Brahms and John Barnes Chance. The University Symphonic Band will present a suite from Gordon Jacob's "Music for a Festival," "Sea Drift" by Anthony Iannaccone, and Matthew Tommasini's new "Three Spanish Songs," featuring soprano soloist and WMU faculty member Monica Griffin.

The University Concert Band is directed by Dr. John Lychner, WMU professor of music. The University Symphonic Band is led by Dr. Robert Spradling, WMU professor of music and director of bands. Both student ensembles maintain an active performance schedule on campus, in the Kalamazoo community, and throughout Michigan and the surrounding states.

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

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