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Media Contact: Jan Wenzel 401-874-2116

70 high school musicians to perform at URI festival

KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 27, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island with continue a 30-year tradition, when it hosts a festival featuring about 70 high school musicians and URI ensembles beginning Friday, Jan. 31.

Two days of rehearsals and workshops will culminate in a free concert event by some of Southern New England’s finest high school instrumentalists.

Students from more than 30 high schools will participate in this year’s Honors Band. They will begin rehearsals Friday morning in preparation for a finale event the evening of Saturday, Feb. 1. At the concert’s conclusion the URI Music Dept. will award two scholarships, one for $1,000 and the other for $500, to the most talented and dedicated participants.

Brian Chardany, coordinator of the event and head coach of the URI athletic bands says, "The Honors Band is a great way for talented students to get together and make great music. It allows them to not only share their talents with each other, but also the surrounding community."

The scheduled events also include performances by URI faculty and students. "We have selected a wide variety of music that will emphasize the diversity of the musical talent present on the URI campus," said Chardany.

The following events are free and open to the public. Performances will take place in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Friday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m. A Collage of Musical Ensembles

This hour–long concert will feature the URI Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Ensembles and student soloists.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 3 p.m. URI Faculty Recital

This concert will feature faculty members playing a variety of instruments. Featured performers include: Susan Thomas, flute; Jonathan Towne, clarinet; Rebecca Noreen, bassoon; Ronald Stabile, percussion; and the Northeast Quintet with Jane Murray, oboe and Elizabeth Gates, French horn.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Southern New England Honors Band

Conductor Robert C. Flemming, professor emeritus, Arizona State University will perform, along with Southern New England’s finest instrumentalists in a festival finale. Featured musical pieces include: Argentum by Mahr, Firework by van der Roost, and Prelude and Rondo by Holsinger.

For Information: Brian Chardany 401-874-2799

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