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April  28, 2011

Augustana ends music season with concerts by seven select ensembles

The Augustana Department of Music will conclude its 2010-2011 season with a series of four concerts in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). The concerts will feature the symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, concert and symphonic bands, and five of Augustana's performance choirs. All four concerts are free and open to the public.

The Augustana Symphony Orchestra concert will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. The approximately 75-member orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 and Dmitri Shostakovich's "Overture." Brahms' symphony often is referred to as "Beethoven's Tenth" because it was considered the first piece created after Beethoven's death to demonstrate his same level of formal expertise and innovation. The symphony orchestra is directed by Dr. Daniel Culver.

The Augustana Jazz Ensemble will perform their end-of-year concert on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Their performance will include big band standards, direct transcriptions and several lesser-known works. The jazz ensemble is a non-audition group under the leadership of Joseph Ott.

On Saturday, May 7, at 4 p.m., the Wennerburg Men's Chorus, Cantilena Augustana, Jenny Lind Choir, Ascension Singers, and Celebration gospel choir will join together to perform their final concert of the year. The concert will include music ranging from traditional Easter season anthems to more contemporary, experimental pieces. Choir directors are Dr. Michael Zemek, Sonja Hurty, Keith Hampton and Larry Peterson. The Five Choir Concert will include more than 180 student performers.

Augustana's annual Combined Band Concert will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 4 p.m. The concert will showcase the talents of the Augustana Concert Band, directed by Dr. Rick Jaeschke, and the Augustana Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. James Lambrecht. As a part of this concert, students from Augustana's music education program will conduct pieces they have rehearsed with the symphonic band over the past few weeks.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833