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FAU’s 2007 Music Festival Travels the World Through Music

BOCA RATON, FL (March 15, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of music invites you to travel the world through music in a celebration of diverse cultures and kinds of music during FAU’s 2007 Music Festival.   The festival runs from Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 29 at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   Concert ticket prices (with the exception of the free Air Force Band concert) are $15 for one concert, $30 for two concerts and $40 for three concerts.   Tickets are $20 for the President’s Reception, held on Saturday, April 14 at 5:30.  

The festival opens with an evening of jazz on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre.    The FAU Jazz Band, directed by Neal Bonsanti, will be joined by special guest saxophonist Mark Colby.   Colby has performed with Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson and others.   The “New York Times” called Colby “a brilliant saxophone soloist in the virtuoso range.”  

            On Saturday, April 14 at 5:30, there will be a President’s Reception to celebrate the seventh annual music festival. This pre-concert reception, sponsored by FAU’s University Club, will be held on the Visual Arts Patio on the lake and will feature the flavors of South America.   It will be followed by a concert in the University Theatre with The FAU Chamber Singers entitled “¡Viva el Canto!”   Patricia P. Fleitas will conduct the ensemble in Latin American/Iberian music, including music from Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Peru. The singers will be accompanied by Krisztina Kover and David Rossow on piano.  

            The United States Air Force Band will perform a free concert on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium.   Tickets for this concert (limit of four) can be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to University Bands, Department of Music, AH 119, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431.   The concert is open seating, however preferred seating can be secured with the purchase of tickets to two other concerts in the festival.

On Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. festival goers will be treated to The FAU World Music Ensemble, followed by the Lenore Raphael Trio, with “Women in Jazz,” in the University Theatre.   Under the direction of James E. Cunningham, The World Music Ensemble will perform Brazilian percussion music featuring batacuda, a type of street samba which includes heavily rhythmic-oriented music on bass and snare drums, shakers and bells.    The band will be followed by Lenore Raphael, a jazz pianist who was cited as “one of the top new talents in mainstream jazz,” by Jazz Review magazine.   Recent notable performances include “Jazz at Lincoln Center” in New York and “The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival” in Wilmington, Delaware.

On the following evening, Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m., The FAU Wind Ensemble , under the direction of Kyle Prescott, will appear in the University Theatre to present a program including works dating across five centuries.   This includes the world premier of the piece “Celebration” by Stuart Glazer, an FAU faculty member; “Fandango” by Joseph Turrin; and “Dance Mix” by Rob Smith.   

On Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre, Laura Joella will conduct The FAU Symphony Orchestra in works by French and Austrian masters.   The program includes music from two French operas and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s rarely performed Concerto No. 7 in F Major for Three Pianos.   The latter will feature FAU’s world-renowned pianists Heather Coltman, Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon.  

            The final weekend of the festival will feature a concert on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. of “Opera Scenes” presented by outstanding FAU choral students. Amy Elizabeth Lim will accompany on piano.

Proceeds from the 2007 Music Festival will benefit the music scholarship fund in FAU’s School of the Arts in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.   The festival is presented by the School of the Arts, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, Palm Beach County and FAU’s University Club.

For tickets to the concerts or reception, call 1-800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com.  

-FAU-

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