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UA School of Music is "Shining at Severance" on April 21

Akron, Ohio, April 14, 2003 — The University of Akron Concert Choir, UA Symphony Orchestra and the UA Symphonic Band will be the featured performers April 21 at “Shining at Severance,” a concert at Cleveland's famed Severance Hall.

The concert brings together The University of Akron School of Music's finest performance ensembles with one of the world's most beautiful and acoustically perfect concert halls. It starts at 8 p.m.

The three ensembles include nearly 170 UA students.

The University of Akron Concert Choir, conducted by Samuel Gordon, has been invited twice in recent years to perform at prestigious choral festivals throughout Italy.

The UA Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Ronn Cummings, and comprises 60 members. It performs a full season of concerts on and off campus. Its most recent performance was at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in a special program that featured a lecture by Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops.

The UA Symphonic Band is conducted by Robert Jorgensen. The Symphonic Band comprises 56 of the University's finest student musicians, and has performed under the baton of such noted guest conductors and composers as William D. Revelli, Dave Catron, James Curnow, H. Owen Reed and Kenneth Bloomquist.

New and classic works will be on the “Shining at Severance” concert program, including the Ohio premiere of “J.S. Dances” by the UA Symphonic Band. That work was commissioned with support from West Akron residents Herb and Clara Berns. “J.S. Dances” was written by Donald Grantham, noted professor of composition at the University of Texas at Austin.

Other works on the concert program include Respighi's “Roman Festivals,” Gregson's “The Sword and Crown” and Farrow's “Jamaican Market Place” for choir, flute and steel drums.

After the concert, the audience will be invited to the Severance Hall lobby for a reception hosted by The University of Akron School of Music, the UA Alumni Association and Music Alumni Board.

Severance Hall is home to the Cleveland Orchestra. It opened in 1931 and recently reopened after an extensive renovation.

Tickets for “Shining at Severance” are $10 for students, $15 for the general public and $25 for box seats. They are available from Severance Hall at 800-686-1141.
For more information call the UA School of Music at 330-972-7591.

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