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Western Winds gives spring concert in Dalton

March 21, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The Western Winds, an ensemble composed of WMU School of Music faculty and graduate students and conducted by Robert Spradling, performs at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

The program includes guest composer Michael Daugherty's "Motown Metal." Commissioned by the Detroit Chamber Winds and Summit Brass, the work was inspired by the sounds and rhythms of Detroit, the city of automobile clamor, and the 1960s Motown sound. Also on the program is a new work, "Consort for Ten Winds," by Robert Spittal. It reflects on the style of "Les Grande Hautbois," the famous chamber ensemble from the court of France's Louis XIV. While in a 21st century setting, the three-movement work captures the essence of the lively dances and morning music of the 17th century.

Additional works will be presented by the graduate wind and brass quintets as well as the graduate saxophone quartet.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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