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11/24/2004 Chamber music to be performed at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - Original works composed by Linfield College students will be among music performed by seven Linfield instrumental groups during a chamber music recital on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium.

More than 30 students, along with faculty and community members, will perform in the 70-minute recital. The afternoon will include performances by a Brass Quintet, Wind Symphony and Brass Trio, all under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music. Four groups are directed by adjunct professors including Cello Ensemble, led by Sherill Roberts, principal cellist with the Portland Opera Orchestra; Woodwind Quintet, directed by Steve Kravitz, instructor and Emmy-award winning musician; String Ensembles, led by Karen Vincent, long-time member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra; and Flute Choir, led by Denise Westby, principal flutist and co-founder of the Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra.

Music on the program includes three works composed by Linfield students including senior Melanie Schalock’s "4 Dancing Celli" and junior Seann Branchfield’s "Umfproru’s Travels." Beth Kumbalek, a senior from North Bend, Wash., wrote "Sentimental Willow," which will be performed by the Linfield Woodwind Quintet.

Kumbalek, who plays French horn with the quintet, has composed music for the past three years after becoming interested in the subject during a music theory class.

"It’s interesting to hear yourself playing along with other instruments you’ve composed for," said Kumbalek, majoring in music with an emphasis in composition, and a French minor. "As the composer, I can give insight into the music, more than conductor’s notes can. I can tell the musicians exactly how I’d like it to be performed."

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.