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DePauw School of Music hosts inaugural Honor Band program this weekend

Friday, January 11, 2013

Dr. Craig Paré will lead the inaugural DePauw University Honor Band in concert Sunday in Kresge Auditorium.
The Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts will be the site of the inaugural DePauw University Honor Band program this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12--13.

Several central Indiana high schools including Greencastle, Cathedral, Center Grove, Edgewood, Pike and Triton Central, will be represented in what DePauw School of Music hopes to make an annual tradition.

Area band directors nominated worthy high school students for this opportunity and DePauw School of Music faculty selected top DePauw students to serve as mentors and co-performers in the new program.

In addition to daily ensemble rehearsal, master classes and workshops will be offered over the two-day event, which will culminate in a public performance in Kresge Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, conducted by Dr. Craig Paré, director of DePauw University Bands.

Paré has selected five works for the inaugural concert: The lively "Flourish for Wind Band" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; "The Promise of Living" from American composer Aaron Copland's opera The Tender Land; "Alleluia Laudamus Te" by Alfred Reed, featuring the beautiful J. Stanford Smith concert organ; "The Florentiner" by Hungarian bandmaster Julius Fucik, composed in the "grand marcia Italiana" style and edited by the eminent American conductor Frederick Fennell; and the third movement from "Symphony for Band" by DePauw School of Music faculty member James A. Beckel Jr.

"These students excel in their respective high school band programs," Paré commented. "I am excited about the opportunity to work with them, and I believe they will enjoy this chance to rehearse and perform top-level wind literature alongside colleagues of theirs from other schools."

General admission tickets to the DePauw Honor Band concert are $5. Children under 12, all students and seniors over 65 are admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.depauw.edu/music/tickets, or at the Green Center Box Office, beginning one hour prior to the performance.

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