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FAU Invites You to Enjoy a Weekend of Music

        BOCA RATON (April 9, 2010) – The department of music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a weekend of concerts starting Thursday,  April 15. FAU’s symphony band, commercial music ensemble, jazz band and symphony orchestra will present concerts throughout the weekend.  All of the concerts are free with a suggested donation of $10.

        The first concert on Thursday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. is with FAU’s symphony band under the direction of Sean Murray. The band will present “The Sinfonians,” by Clifton Williams; “Let Us Break Bread Together,” by Thomas Root; “An American Elegy,” by Frank Ticheli; “Minuteman” by Robert H. Pearson; and other conpositions. The concert will take place in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus at 777 Glades Road.

        Then on Friday at 7:30 p.m., FAU’s Brazilian Percussion Ensemble and Commercial Music Ensemblepresent modern band music from South and North America. This concert will take place in the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in downtown Boca Raton.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., FAU’s jazz band will take the stage at FAU’s University Theatre under the direction of Neal Bonsanti. The concert will include “Children Of The Night,” by Wayne Shorter; “Isfahan(from Impressions of the Far East Suite),” by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn; “The Grove City Groover,” by  John Fedchock; and
“My Ship,” by Ira Gershwin; among others.

Finally, on Sunday at 3 p.m., Laura Joella will direct FAU’s Symphony Orchestra in “A Family Affair: Music that Moves.” This concert will feature music for the whole family.  The concert will open with a world premiere of “Journey” by American composer and FAU professor of composition and music theory Stuart Glazer.  This will be followed by several movements from ”Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto,” a work by American composer Bruce Adolphe.  The first half will close with the “Carnival of the Animals,” a zoological fantasy by French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns, that will feature a special guest narrator Joanna Marie, who is the director of radio programming and operations for WXEL 90.7 FM, and the producer of WXEL’s “Classical Variations” and “Opera Theater.”  After intermission, the concert will resume with “Pizzicato Polka,” composed by Johann and Josef Strauss; ”Music from the Royal Fireworks,” by George Frideric Handel;  “Night on Bald Mountain,” by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky; and “Finlandia, op. 26,” by Jean Sibelius. 

        For more information about the concerts, call 561-297-3820.

- FAU -

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