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September 25, 2009
Vol. 51 No. 3

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Students, faculty featured in concert

This evening, there will be a Collaborative Wind Project performance at eight in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Arts.

"The Collaborative Wind Project brings students and faculty together to experience and perform exciting and important wind repertoire at the highest possible standard," according to a program for the event.

"The idea was to get students and faculty working together, side-by-side, on a musical repertoire focusing on wind and brass," said Eric Hinton, assistant professor of music, director of bands, and founder of the Collaborative Wind Project.

This will be the second annual performance under the Collaborative Wind Project title, according to the program.

The Collaborative Wind Project performance this year will feature seven faculty members and 16 students.

The ensemble will be performing "Symphonies of Wind Instruments" by Igor Stravinsky, "Serenade in C minor, KV388 (384a)" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and "Symphony no. 1 in C" by Adam Gorb.

"I select the repertoire, the faculty members of the Project play the principle parts and then they select the best students in their class to take part in the Project as second trumpet, second oboe and so on," Hinton said.

The students who have been selected to perform with their professors are "particularly promising and, in some cases, the best in their program," Hinton said.
Reuben Council, music admissions coordinator and special assistant to the music department will be one of the performing faculty members.

"It's a lot of fun," Council said. "We spend so much time in our roles as faculty and student, and it's a nice change to spend time as colleagues.

"It's a great chance for them to get experience as a professional musician and, at the same time, it allows us to relax and challenge ourselves musically," he continued.

"Sometimes we work with the students, but for the most part we let them take care of themselves while we work on our own musical skills," Council said.

According to Hinton, the Collaborative Wind Project participants will have rehearsed together just four times by concert time.

"In the rehearsals, students and professors work together on various musical elements, like intonation and style," he said

The preparation for the Collaborative Wind project is not extensive, as it is assumed that both students and professors are experienced in their craft and will be able to "learn the music and not just the notes," Hinton said.

The performance will be free and open to the public.


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