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5/1/2008 Music groups collaborate for afternoon concert

McMINNVILLE – Six Linfield College instrumental ensembles and a vocal group will present a chamber music recital on Tuesday, May 20, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

The afternoon performance will feature groups composed mainly of students. Ensembles include the Linfield Flute Choir directed by Denise Westby, adjunct professor of music; Linfield Brass Quintet led by Joan Paddock, professor of music; Linfield Saxophone Saxtet led by Steve Kravitz, adjunct professor of music; Linfield “Mello Cellos” led by Sherill Roberts, adjunct professor of music; Advanced Chamber Music with Piano led by Faun Tiedge, professor of music and department chair, and Jill Timmons, professor of music; Women’s Vocal Ensemble directed by Debra Huddleston, adjunct professor of music; and the Linfield Percussion Ensemble led by Kirsten Swanson, adjunct professor of music.

Senior Jim Welch, whose original compositions will be featured in the recital, said this type of performance benefits both the audience and the participants.

“There are seven different groups playing and each has a strikingly different identity, which is great for an audience as they get to experience instruments and styles they may not hear otherwise,” Welch said. “Also, musicians equally benefit from this arrangement by being able to interact and become a unit with instruments they normally are very separated from.”

Students will play music by composers including Bela Bartok, Victor Ewald, James Van Heusen, David Angel, H. Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Johannes Brahms, Donald Moore and Welch, among others.

“This spring’s chamber music recital is especially exciting for me because the percussion ensemble will be performing two of my original compositions,” said Welch, who will earn a degree in music composition from Linfield June 1. “As a composer, having people hear what I create is a crucial part of the process and every opportunity to do this is appreciated.”

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