Variety of styles on tap for DPU Band concert Sunday

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Saxophone soloist Scotty Stepp

The DePauw University Band will present a concert on Sunday, March 11 with a program that will feature a variety musical of styles.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium of the Green Center for the Performing Arts. It can also be heard live on DePauw's student radio station, WGRE 91.5 FM, and on its website at

Selections to be performed include "Danza Final" by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, "An American Elegy" by Frank Ticheli, "Recoil"" by Joseph Schwantner, the "Concerto for Saxophone" by Jascha Gurewich, with School of Music professor Scotty Stepp as soloist, and "English Dances" by Malcolm Arnold.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Scotty Stepp as our soloist for this performance," Craig Paré, conductor of the DePauw Band, said. "He is an exceptional musician and a valued colleague in the School of Music.

"In addition, we have him to thank for this arrangement of the Gurewich concerto. He commissioned this setting of the Concerto, that was originally for saxophone and piano."

Daniel Powers, principal violist and composer-in-residence with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra "has crafted a marvelous arrangement, subtle in its color and balance that complements the virtuosic saxophone voice," Paré said.

"This is a world premiere performance of this setting for solo saxophone and symphonic band, and I believe it is certain to become a staple of the saxophone repertoire."

It is requested that, if possible, those attending Sunday's concert bring one non-perishable food item for admission. All donations will go to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry.

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