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Concert Band performs free concert

Oct. 6, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University Concert Band will perform a concert featuring the brass, woodwind and percussion sections of the ensemble at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Miller Auditorium. Admission is open to the public free of charge.

The full band will open the concert with Joseph Willcox Jenkins' "American Overture for Band." The brass choir will then perform "Canzon Duodecimi Toni," an antiphonal piece by Giovanni Gabrieli. After a presentation of John Alfieri's "Fanfare for Tambourines" by the percussion ensemble, the brass choir will return to the stage to perform "Bells" by Ian McDougall. For its featured number, the woodwind section will play a transcription of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony No. 1" finale.

Following the featured performances, the full ensemble will reunite to pay tribute to Leonard Meretta, professor emeritus of music and founder of the WMU bands program, who passed away this summer. Directed by Dr. John Lychner, WMU professor of music, the University Concert Band will perform Meretta's march, "Tioga." The program will close with a transcription of Paul Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

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

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