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April 14, 2008

For Immediate Release


By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- The Campbellsville University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Director of Bands Dr. David M. McCullough, will present its Spring Concert Tuesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in the University’s Ransdell Chapel.

The concert is free and open to the public.                                                                                   

“The  program will feature some of the greatest works of the wind band repertoire and should offer an exciting concert experience for audience and performers alike,” said McCullough.

McCullough said the concert will begin with Frank Ticheli’s breath-taking “Pacific Fanfare.” Scored for three antiphonal brass and percussion choirs with woodwinds, this work is a contemporary tribute to the famed Venetian Baroque composer Giovanni Gabrieli.  Next on the program will be “Resplendent Glory,” a dramatic new overture by Rossano Galante featuring soaring melodies and particularly colorful harmonies.

McCullough said the next pieces will be Eric Whitacr’s “enchanting” mini tone poem, “Lux Aurumque,” and two of Percy Grainger’s most beloved works for band – “Molly on the Shore” and “Irish Tune from County Derry.”  

The final number will be Alfred Reed’s immortal masterpiece “Russian Christmas Music.”

“All of these numbers have wide audience appeal which should make for a very enjoyable concert by some of the University’s best young talent,” McCullough said.                       

The Wind Ensemble is the elite performing ensemble of the University Bands, McCullough said.  Membership is earned through audition or by special invitation of the director.

“The Wind Ensemble’s 50 members are arguably the finest wind and percussion instrumentalists from the University campus and surrounding communities,” he said.                        

The concert will be presented in the university’s new Ransdell Chapel. “Currently in its first year of service, the Ransdell Chapel is one of the finest performing facilities in central Kentucky,” McCullough said.  “Home to the CU Campus ministries, the chapel serves as a venue for a wide variety of notable events and is rapidly becoming a focal point of activity for the University and community as a whole,” he said.

For more information, contact the School of Music at (270) 789-5237.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 29 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his ninth year as president.