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Friday, March 23, 2007

Western Wind sextet performs at PSU

The internationally acclaimed vocal sextet, The Western Wind, will present the fifth concert of the 2006-2007 Pittsburg State University Solo and Chamber Music Series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the McCray Recital Hall at PSU. The concert will be an all-American evening titled “O Beautiful,” and the repertoire will include everything from Colonial American fare to the music of 20th-century composers such as William Bolcolm, Meredith Monk, Duke Ellington, and Billy Joel.

Since 1969, The Western Wind, has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The ensemble's repertoire reveals its diverse background - from Renaissance motets to ‘50s rock 'n' roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies.

Since 1989, The Western Wind has produced a series of radio programs distributed throughout the United States by National Public Radio and Public Radio International. The programs address topics ranging from settings of love songs throughout the centuries to a musical narrative of the Jewish High Holy Days.

The Western Wind has also produced 19 recordings, 11 of which have been released on Western Wind Records, the group's own record label, distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Albany Music Distributors.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public and $7 for persons over 65 or under 18. Full-time PSU students are entitled to a free ticket. Tickets are available in advance through the University Ticket Office in the Overman Student Center (620-235-4796) or at the door prior to the performance.

The Solo and Chamber Music Series is supported by major funding from the PSU Student Government Association.

On the Web:
• For more information about The Western Wind, visit their Web site at http://www.westernwind.org/
• For more information about the PSU Solo & Chamber Music Series, go to http://www.pittstate.edu/music/S&CMSConcerts.html

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