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University Symphonic Band offers free concert

Feb. 5, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University Symphonic Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in Miller Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Robert Spradling, WMU professor of music, the University Symphonic Band will perform works by Bennett, Grainger, Saint-Saens, Sparke and Ticheli.

The program will also feature Joseph Turrin's "Hemispheres." Turrin is a valued contributor to contemporary American musical art, as both a composer and conductor. His catalog of commissioned works includes concertos, operas and chamber pieces. Among them are his concertos for flute and trumpet, "Riffs and Fanfares," "West Side Story Suite," "Fandango," and "The Scarecrow."

"Hemispheres" was commissioned by the wind, brass and percussion sections of the New York Philharmonic for conductor Kurt Masur's final tour. Masur became the first New York Philharmonic music director to receive emeritus status when he retired in 2002, after directing the group for 11 years.

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

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