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11/10/2003 College-community band to perform at Linfield

McMINNVILLE ? The Linfield College Community Band, a group featuring Linfield students and local community members, will present a concert, "Life Dances," on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield.

The event is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, associate professor of music and band director at Linfield, the concert will feature significant works for bands and transcriptions of pieces originally performed by orchestra. Paddock said she purposely chose pieces for the "Life Dances" theme ranging from upbeat and exhilarating to slow and melancholy to portray the rhythms of life.

"The program is like the dance of life," said Paddock. "We?re not always moving in fast motion, and it takes all kinds of movements and life experiences to get us where we?re going. Sometimes life?s dance is joyful and exuberant ? other times the dance may be slow and reflective."

A variety of works will be performed including "Slava!" by Leonard Bernstein, "Italian Polka" by Sergei Rachmaninoff, "Russian Sailor?s Dance" by Reinhold Glière, "October" by Eric Whitacre and others.

Linfield senior Erin Brown is looking forward to playing the song "Life Dances" by William Himes, which she said speaks to her life as she prepares for a December graduation. Brown has been a member of the band since her freshman year at Linfield, and said the mix of students and community strengthens the group.

"It adds a sense of the local community and culture of McMinnville to the band," said Brown, who has played the flute for 11 years. "I have learned from listening to the life experiences of older community members in the band. I also have benefited from having the ensemble strengthened by community members who are talented musicians."

The show will run one hour with intermission. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.