DPU to commemorate 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Friday, November 11, 2016
The DePauw University Band will recognize the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and 200th birthday of Indiana during its Sunday, Nov. 13 concert at 3 p.m. in the Green Center for the Performing Arts.
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The DePauw University Band, directed by Professor Craig Paré, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor during its Sunday, Nov. 13 concert with a performance of Richard Rodgers’ stirring soundtrack to the early television series “Victory at Sea” that documented the battle of the Pacific during World War II.

The performance will be presented at 3 p.m. in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium.

“When I was young,” Pare recalled, “I remember my parents watching the Emmy-winning series, ‘Victory at Sea,’ which highlighted Allied naval battles, particularly following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 (who can forget FDR’s declaration, “… a date which will live in infamy”?). Having three veterans of the United States Navy in my immediate family, commemorating this tragedy and the United States’ heroic response, means a great deal to me personally.”

The ensemble will also pay tribute to Indiana native, composer Fred Jewell, as well as celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday, with his rousing circus march “The Screamer.” In addition, senior clarinetist Gretchen Stibich will be featured on Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades.”

Other works on the program include the Suite in D by Arthur Bird, Morton Gould’s “Ballad for Band,” “After a Gentle Rain” by Anthony Iannaccone, and the Polka and Fugue from “Schwanda the Bagpiper” by Jaromir Weinberger.

Audience members are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated directly to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry. Bring a food item and receive a free ticket to the concert. Free-will cash donations to the Food Pantry are also being accepted.

General admission tickets to Sunday’s performance are $5.

For online purchases, visit www.music.depauw.edu. The venue’s box office will be open to receive donations or to purchase tickets in person beginning one hour prior to the performance.

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