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DePauw University Band Kicks Off 2017/18 Season

The University Band kicks off its 2017/18 season with a rousing concert performance in Kresge Auditorium. Included on the program will be a wonderful mix of new and standard works for symphonic band and wind ensemble: “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli, “Transcendent Journey” by Rossano Galante, “Yankee Doodle Fantasie Humoreske” by David Wallis Reeves, and the world premiere of an exciting piece by South American composer Antonio Gervasoni, “Peruvian Fanfare No. 1” — inspired by two traditional dances from Peru, the marinera and the festejo.

As with all University Band performances, audience members are invited to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated locally to the Putnam County Emergency Food Pantry. Redeem your food item for a free ticket to the performance!

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DePauw Fall Gala introduced for Family Weekend

DePauw University School of Music faculty, staff and students will celebrate the start of a new year with a new addition to its seasonal programming. To the university’s annual Family Weekend festivities, the School of Music is introducing a Fall Gala.

Featuring performances by all of the university’s major student ensembles — band, choirs, jazz ensemble and orchestra — with works ranging from “Amazing Grace” to Leadbelly’s “Rock Island Line,” the gala-style concert will be presented Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium.

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DePauw School of Music's New All-Access Season Pass Now on Sale

New 2017-18 all-access passes to the DePauw University School of Music concert season are now available for purchase through September 10. In addition to savings on the popular Green Guest Artist Series, this year’s pass — which will use the Center’s new Eventbrite ticketing system — continues to offer convenient “swipe and go” admission to a wide array of events, including the U.S. Air Force Concert Band & Singing Sergeants, Holiday Gala, Music of the 21st Century festival, DePauw Opera, and master classes by Broadway stars such as Laura Bell Bundy and Alice Ripley ’85, along with all School of Music student concerts and recitals.

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DePauw Band ends year with premiere Sunday

For its final concert of the season, Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, the DePauw University Band will present two distinguished soloists -- Master Sgt. Michael Mergen (United States Marine Corps, "The President's Own") and Paul Mergen, tuba (formerly, United States Marine Corps, "The President's Own") -- in the premiere of their commissioned work for trumpet, tuba and wind ensemble: "Hanging by a Thread" by American composer James M. Stephenson.

The program will also include a tribute to Donald H. White, former chairman of the DePauw School of Music theory and composition faculty, featuring his "Miniature Set for Band"; the magnificent "United Artists" fanfare by Kenneth Fuchs; "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen; "Dance of the New World" by Dana Wilson; the first movement of Igor Stravinsky's classic Octet for chamber winds; and the Finale to Symphony No. 3 "Organ Symphony" by Camille Saint-Sa'ns.

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