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Doubleheader of Concerts at DePauw April 14

April 8, 2004

April 8, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw School of Music will offer performances by two music ensembles on Wednesday, April 14 in the Performing Arts Center. The University Chamber Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, followed by the University Jazz Ensemble at 8:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The University Chamber Singers Spring Concert will open with a set of sacred works by composers from three European nations: Germany (represented by Heinrich Schütz), England (William Byrd), and Italy (Lodovico Viadana). DePauw University Organist Carla Edwards and student cellist Jennifer Wingert will join the choir on these pieces. Additional selections include three nocturnes by German Romantic composers Johannes Brahms and Brahms's close friend and student, Heinrich von Herzogenberg, and a collection of American and Canadian folksongs including the beloved Appalachian melody, Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair. Joining the choir on several numbers will be piano major Sarah Masterson. Conducted by Robert Gehrenbeck, the Chambers Singers are 18 singers drawn from various majors throughout the DePauw student community.

The DePauw Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert will feature music associated with Duke Ellington (Launching Pad), Stan Kenton (Decoupage), Thad Jones (US), Bob Mintzer (El Caborojeno and Truth), Art Blakey (Moanin'), and Charles Mingus (Moanin'). Other selections include a Mark Taylor arrangement of the standard composition After You've Gone, The Prez by Matt Harris, and Hip N'Cool, an original composition by Les Hooper.

Guest soloist for the concert will be Bill Sears, director of jazz studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy since 1987. The department is recognized as one of the top jazz programs in the country. A saxophonist, Sears background also includes an active career as a free lance musician and teacher at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He has toured the US and Europe with the Ray Charles band and shared the stage with, among other, jazz luminaries Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Art Farmer, Geoff Keezer, Rick Margitza and the saxophonist Bill Evans. An active performer, Bill has two recent recordings, Chasin' The Goal with fellow tenor great Rick Margitza, and With One Accord, his latest CD with his current 7 piece group, the Arts Center Jazz Collective. Having great respect for the heritage of the tenor saxophone, Sears' playing encompasses the entire spectrum of this tradition from lush ballads reminiscent of the great swing and bebop masters to the searing intensity of today's music.

Under the direction of Randy Salman (seen at right), this last jazz concert for the academic year will honor graduating seniors Greg Beaman (trumpet), Dante Marinelli (trumpet), Kim Barfield (trumpet), Rebecca Hodson (tenor saxophone), Wil Myers (alto saxophone), and Darren Eblovi (piano).

For more information, contact the School of Music at (765)658-6732 or click here.

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