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From Jazz to Classical, Drake Offers Many Free Concerts

November 20, 2006
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CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu


Drake University Jazz Ensemble II, under the direction of James Romain, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center, 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue.


The Drake Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Meunier, and the Drake Concert Band, conducted by John R. Dulaney, will present the opening concert for the 36th annual Drake University Honor Band Festival at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center. The program features music by William Schuman, Julie Giroux, Morten Lauridsen, Percy Grainger and other 20th century band composers.


There will be a pre-concert dinner and TalkAbout hosted by Friends of Drake Arts at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Levitt Hall in Old Main. After a gourmet dinner, Meunier will talk about the concert program for the evening and present a synopsis of the history of Drake University bands with Thompson Brandt and Don Marcouiller. The cost for dinner and concert is $20. For reservations, call 515-271-3147.


The Drake University Honor Band Festival will continue as high school students from across Iowa perform as members of the Honors Wind Ensemble and Honors Concert Band at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center.


The Drake Choir, Drake University Community Chorus  and Drake Chorale will join forces in a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the Performing Arts Hall, Harmon Fine Arts Center. Randal Buikema will be the guest conductor of the Drake Choir and Drake University Community Chorus and Linda Vanderpool will conduct the Drake Chorale.


The fall concert season will conclude with a Drake Symphony Orchestra performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, on the Jordan Stage in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Avenue. The orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Clarence Padilla, will perform works by Copland, Milhaud, Mayuzumi and Hanson.


ll of these performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call  515-271-3975.