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Emmy winner to conduct for Spring Band Festival

May 5, 2011

Ohio Northern University’s music department will host the 36th annual Spring Band Festival on Sunday, May 8, at 4 p.m. The event will feature Emmy-winning composer Julie Giroux, who will serve as the guest conductor for the ONU Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Ohio All-State Honors Band.

Giroux will conduct “Heroic Fanfare,” “One Life Beautiful,” “Overture in Five Flat,” “Sandai-Shogun no Matsu,” “Mambo Perro Loco,” and “Journey Through Orion.” The concert also will feature “Stormworks,” “Transcendent Journey,” “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “America The Beautiful.”

A native of Fairhaven, Mass., Giroux started composing when she was 8 years old. She composed her first band concert work at 13 and went on to compose and orchestrate music for many television shows and films. Giroux received her first three Emmy nominations in 1989 and 1990. In 1991, she won an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction.” She was the first woman and youngest person to ever win the award. Her credits include “White Men Can't Jump,” “Masters of the Universe,” “North and South,” “Broadcast News,” “Blaze,” “Dynasty” and multiple Academy and Emmy Award shows. During her career, Giroux has had the honor of scoring for stars such as Celine Dion, Paula Abdul, Jerry Orbach, Dudley Moore, Liza Minelli, Bryan Adams, Peabo Bryson, Angela Lansbury, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Reba McIntyre, Little Richard, Billy Crystal and Michael Jackson.

Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door at 3:15 p.m. the day of the concert.

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