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University symphony orchestra gives free concert

Oct. 27, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra will present its second concert of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The free concert will begin with Deanna Swoboda as tuba soloist in the "Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra" by Russian composer Alexander Arutunian. Swoboda is an assistant professor of music at WMU, and also a member of the Western Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble. Before coming to WMU, she was a member of the internationally recognized Dallas Brass and taught at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Northern Iowa and National Conservatory of Madrid.

The concert will continue with Brian Mast, the orchestra's new assistant conductor, leading "Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla" by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka. Mast is from Goshen, Ind., and was conductor of the Goshen College Orchestra prior to coming to WMU.

The concert will close with the well-known Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93, by Ludwig von Beethoven. One of Beethoven's final works, the Eighth Symphony consists of four movements and possesses a light-hearted, cheery mood.

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

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