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DePauw University Band Performs Opening Concert Sunday, Prepares for Sixth CD Release

March 7, 2006

DePauw Band Fall 2005.jpgMarch 7, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw University Band and director Craig Paré will open their Spring 2006 concert schedule with a performance on Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m. at Kresge Auditorium. Free and open to the public, the program features such musical stalwarts as Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Dmitri Shosatkovich's Festive Overture along with performances by the DePauw Woodwind and Saxophone Quartets.

This event is one of several highlights for the DePauw Band during the spring semester. The ensemble will play host to a special residency by celebrated conductor Eugene Migliaro Corporon, April 6-8. In addition, the group will also be preparing for the highly anticipated release of their sixth compact disc. Both the Sunday afternoon concert as well as the ensemble's Toccata Festiva CD Cover.jpgApril 23 performance include repertoire that will appear on this release. Widely praised by musical critics and educators, the band's previous disc, Toccata Festiva, was released on the prestigious Mark Masters label. The new disc will be recorded April 28-30 in Kresge Auditorium.

"The CD recording project has become an integral part of the University Band's music-making," says Dr. Paré. "We're proud not only to offer such a quality experience for our DePauw musicians, but to also celebrate the fact that recorded performances by School of Music musicians are being distributed and acclaimed around the world."

The Sunday afternoon concert will also feature four local high school students frompare-baton.JPG Putnam County schools. Accepted through a selective auditioning process, they will be performing with the ensemble through DePauw University's "Alpha" program.

"I am proud to currently have four of these talented and hard working students in our ensemble -- Kaitlyn Kissel, Peter Edberg, and Miles Salman from Greencastle High School, and Phoebe Pritchett from South Putnam High School," says Paré. "They are exemplary students and musicians."

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