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DePauw Band Presents Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday

February 17, 2009

DePauw Band Falll 2008 1.JPGFebruary 17, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — The DePauw University Band, under the direction of Craig Paré, will present a concert this Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts. The public is cordially invited to the performance, which is free of charge.

Sunday's event will feature some wonderful standards from the wind band repertoire.

"Robert Russell Bennett's 'Suite of Old American Dances' stands as one of the cornerstones of the band's repertoire," says Professor Paré. "Composed in 1950, it is one of the first original wind band works by an American composer. In the mid-twentieth century, composers such as Bennett, Vincent Persichetti, Morton Gould, and William Schuman created original works for the wind band that formed the foundation of our present repertoire. These composers, successful in their own rights in other genres, contributed new works to the band's meager list of original pieces and opened the door for new generations of American composers to write for our medium. We owe a debt of gratitude to them."

Two other works -- "Symphonic Dances" from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and William Walton's "Crown Imperial" -- also remain DePauw Band 11-2008.jpgstaples of the symphonic band's repertoire. Also included on the concert will be "Southwestern Sketches" for wind ensemble by Samuel Adler, who will be in residence at the DePauw School of Music later this month as the "Music of the 21st Century" guest composer.

The University Band recently released its seventh compact disc, Starsplitter, on the Mark Masters label. It features School of Music faculty members Leonard Foy, trumpet; James Beckel, trombone; and the DePauw Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Details on the recording can be found in this recent article.

For more information about events, visit the DePauw University School of Music online.

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