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Orchestra & Chorus Collaboration to Highlight Semester's Final School of Music Event

May 2, 2004

May 2, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw University School of Music will present its final concert of the academic year on Sunday, May 9, at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature the University Orchestra, University Chorus, the Chamber Singers and Assistant Professor of Piano May Phang. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Phang will be making her University Orchestra debut as soloist in the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini of Sergei Rachmaninoff, a standard of piano and orchestra repertoire composed of a series of variations on a theme, and particularly famous because of the eighteenth variation that has been frequently used in national advertising campaigns.

Orcenith Smith, conductor of the University Orchestra, is excited to be collaborating with Phang "because of the level of technical skill and musicianship she brings to the music-making process. She literally energizes anyone she is around."

Conducting Robert Schumann's Requiem for Mignon will be the director of both the University Chorus and the Chamber Singers, Robert Gehrenbeck. Student soloists will be Lindsey Adams, Eric Carter, Linden Christ, Stephanie Harris, and Mary Catharine Muroney.

The final work on the program will be Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss, a standard of the orchestral repertoire. Professor Smith adds, "The orchestra has shown strong progress this year and has accomplished increasingly more difficult tasks. The Strauss is a full orchestra challenge and the students have met that challenge."

For more information contact the School of Music, click here or call (765) 653-6732.

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