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A&E July 4 Concert to Feature Two Compositions by Prof. James Beckel

June 30, 2003

June 30, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - A national television broadcast this Friday, July 4, 2003 on cables A&E Network will feature performances of two works by a DePauw University composer. James Beckel is an adjunct professor of trombone at DePauw University and principal trombonist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Friday, in a program titled, This is Your Country, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra will perform his The American Dream, an orchestral overture written in 1992, and Liberty for All, a work for narrator and orchestra composed in 2000. Liberty for All includes quotations from famous Americans including George Washington, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy as well as excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

Friday's A&E concert will also feature performances by Brian Wilson, Al Green, and LeeAnn Womack. It premieres at 8 p.m., eastern time, and is repeated at 10 p.m. on July 4, and again July 5 at 2 a.m., 10 p.m. and midnight (all times eastern). Learn more at the cable network's Web site by clicking here.

On June 5, James Beckel's horn concerto, The Glass Bead Game, was performed in recital at the 35th Annual International Horn Symposium at Indiana University.  The performance was given in Auer Hall before a full house of horn players from around the world.   The soloist was Rob Danforth, adjunct professor of horn at DePauw University, and principal hornist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  The Glass Bead Game, composed from 1997-99, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been performed throughout the United States. It was recorded in 2000 by the DePauw University Band, Craig Pare, conductor, for its third CD Airs & Dances. Learn more about the compact disc here.

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