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Drake Wind Symphony to perform two world premieres

February 25, 2008
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Wind Symphony members gather along the staircase outside Sheslow Auditorium.

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

The Drake University Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Meunier,
will perform two world premieres at its concert on Sunday, March 2. The
performance, which is free and open to the public, will start at 8 p.m.
in the Performing Arts Hall in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, 25th Street
and Carpenter Avenue.

The world premieres will be:

  • "Sunburst" by William P. Dougherty, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt professor of music at Drake
  • "Jazz
    Suite for Clarinet and Wind Symphony" by Bill Liston, featuring soloist
    Clarence Padilla, Drake associate professor of music

The program also includes "The Rivers," a concerto for alto
saxophone by John Fitz Rogers, performed by James Romain, Drake
assistant professor of music, as well as works by Joseph Schwantner and
Donald Grantham.

The Wind Symphony released its fourth international compact disc
through Mark Custom Recordings in December. The album, titled
"Reflections," includes "Nitro" by Frank Ticheli, "Strange Humors" by
John Mackey, "Contre Qui Rose" by Morten Lauridsen and the Third
Symphony Opus 89 by James Barnes. The recording is available to the
public for $20 through the Drake Band Office or online through Mark Custom Recordings.

In March, the Wind Symphony will perform at the 2008 College Band
Directors National Association North Central Division Conference in
Omaha. The conference will feature performances of university bands
selected by audition from the eight-state North Central Division. This
is the second time since 2000 that the Wind Symphony has been selected
to perform at this prestigious event.

For more information about the March 2 concert, call 515-271-3975.