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ACU bands to present spring concert, conducting symposium

For immediate release
April 14, 2004

The Abilene Christian University bands will present a spring concert Friday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium, and a symposium on Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon in the Williams Performing Arts Center Band Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Eric Wilson, associate professor of music, and the Concert Band, directed by Natalie Steele, instructor of music. John L. Whitwell will be a guest conductor. Whitwell is director of bands, professor of music and chair of the conducting area at Michigan State University. He was director of bands at ACU from 1981-87 and taught at Stephen F. Austin State University until his appointment at MSU in 1993.

The bands will perform works by Richard Strauss, Modest Mussorgsky, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Vincent Persichetti, Joaquin Turina, Frank Ticheli and several others.

The symposium serves as a workshop for local and regional band conductors and is designed to improve the art and craft of conducting, Wilson said. Participating conductors will each have 10 to 15 minutes to conduct the ACU Wind Ensemble through pre-selected music and will be critiqued by Whitwell.

"The Conducting Symposium offers participating and observing conductors a chance to recharge their batteries and enliven their inspiration so they can, in turn, inspire their own ensemble members," Wilson said. "It is certainly our desire to serve as a catalyst for everyone's continued renewal."

Non-participating conducting enthusiasts and music students are encouraged to attend free of charge as observers, Wilson said. For more information, visit www.acu.edu/band .

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