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Nationally Renowned Composer to Participate in Spring Band Festival

Apr 28, 2008
The Ohio Northern University music department will present the 33rd annual Spring Band Festival at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m.

Samuel Hazo, well-known composer, conductor and music adjudicator, will serve as the guest conductor for the event. Performances by the ONU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, as well as the All-Ohio Honors Band, will round out the event.

In 2003, Hazo became the first composer in history to win both composition contests sponsored by the National Band Association. In addition to writing original scores for television, radio and the stage, Hazo has composed for professional, university and public school levels. His original symphonic compositions include performances with actors Brooke Shields, James Earl Jones, David Conrad and Richard Kiley. He also has written symphonic arrangements for three-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams.

Hazo's compositions have been performed and recorded worldwide, including performances by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (national tour), the Birmingham Symphonic Winds (UK) and the Klavier Wind Project's recordings with Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He has served as composer-in-residence at Craig Kirchhoff's University of Minnesota Conducting Symposium and has lectured on music and music education at universities and high schools internationally. In 2004, Mr. Hazo's compositions were listed in a published national survey of the "Top Twenty Compositions of All Time" for wind band.

In addition to Hazo's conducting, the performance highlight of the Spring Band Festival will be the All-Ohio Honors Band, featuring more than 120 gifted instrumentalists from across the state.

The ONU Wind Ensemble will perform one of the most challenging new pieces for wind band, Carter Pann's "Slalom," which paints a musical picture of a fast, downhill ski trip with slips, trips and falls. The Symphonic Band will perform one of the most popular wind-band transcriptions, "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Shostakovich.

All bands are under the direction of Dr. Charles N. Bates, professor of music.

Tickets are $5 for general admission. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling (419) 772-1900.

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