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DePauw Band Presents 'Bach to the Future' Sunday

The DePauw University Band, directed by Professor Craig Paré, will present its first concert of the year "Bach to the Future" on Sunday, October 4 — but at an unusual time. The Sunday matinee in Kresge Auditorium has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in order to allow interested audience members who would also enjoy attending the final performance of the musical production of Spamalot to do so at 3 p.m. in Moore Theatre, which is also located on the first floor of the Green Center for the Performing Arts.

In its opening program, the University Band celebrates the great variety and richness that has been the symphonic band’s legacy. From transcriptions such as Erik Leidzén's great setting of J. S. Bach's monumental Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, to C. L. Barnhouse’s classic “screamer” march, The Battle of Shiloh, that pays tribute to the veterans of the Civil War, to rich harmonies of 20th-century composer David Diamond, and further to today’s composers — Eric Whitacre, David Gillingham, Samuel Hazo, and Richard Saucedo — wind music’s history features an array of styles, colors and moods.

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First National Monon Bell Telecast from 1984 is Preserved on DVD

A DVD of the 1984 Monon Bell Classic — the first game in the historic rivalry between DePauw University and Wabash College to be televised nationally — has been created by the two schools. The professionally replicated disc includes the November 10, 1984, contest as seen on SPN (Satellite Program Network) as well as an array of bonus features.

The tape copy that remained from 1984 was on VHS, and Ken Owen '82, executive director of media relations for DePauw, painstakingly restored and color-corrected the video. The DVD's features include the half time performance of the DePauw Marching Band conducted by Prof. Dan Hanna. That ensemble's legacy inspired student leaders of the Tiger Pep Band for nearly two decades.


Outdoor Music & Fun at Fifth Annual 'DePauwpalooza' Friday

The DePauw University School of Music presents one of the favorite events of the fall season, DePauwpalooza, this Friday, September 18, at 5:30 p.m. It features not only free music but complimentary pizza. At the School of Music, September is synonymous with DePauwpalooza. Held with the assistance of DePauw Student Government, the entire DePauw community is invited to join in the outdoor celebration in Bowman Park.

Six acts will be presented, with the University Band warming up the audience with Richard Saucedo’s “Wind Sprints,” a whirlwind of sound followed by the DePauw Chamber Singers, the cast from the department of theatre and communication's upcoming production of Spamalot, the University Chorus, and the Jazz Ensemble. As a prelude to its first fall concert, at 3 p.m. this Sunday (9/20) in Kresge Auditorium, the DePauw University Orchestra will close out the set with three pieces, including music by renowned film composer John Williams.

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University Band Recognizes Graduating Seniors Sunday in Final Performance

Craig Paré, professor of music, will lead the DePauw University Band in its final concert of the year, “Make a Joyful Noise,” on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in the Green Center’s Kresge Auditorium.

The band kicks off the afternoon with the great brass ensemble piece, Fanfare pour précéder "La Péri," by Paul Dukas, followed by DePauw faculty member James Beckel’s Make a Joyful Noise, the final two movements of Walter Hartley’s Concerto for 23 Winds and the classic Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett, “the dean of Broadway orchestrators.” The concert will also feature Desi by Michael Daugherty (a tribute to Cuban bandleader and television star, Desi Arnaz), and wraps up with an arrangement of the exciting Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich.

“This is a nice ‘smorgasbord’ of works, with a variety of styles, all very lively and interesting in their own ways,” says Dr. Paré.

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