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Marylhurst Showcases Prominent Composers, Musicians in Three-Night Event

The "American Voices" Concerts Deliver New and Familiar Classical Pieces by Top Regional Artists

Music lovers can dive into the beauty of Igor Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale" and other compositions inspired by it at a special concert featuring prominent local performers Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Marylhurst University.

Hosted by Marylhurst's Department of Music, the evening centers around a performance of "A Soldier's Tale" by an ensemble of some of Portland's finest classical musicians, including three from the Oregon Symphony: Jeff Work, principal trumpet; Aaron LaVere, principal trombone; and Ron Blessinger, violin, who doubles as artistic director of Third Angle New Music Ensemble. Led by Ken Selden, director of orchestral studies at Portland State University, the group also will perform Wynton Marsalis' "A Fiddler's Tale;" "A Composer's Tale" by John Paul, the Joseph Naumes Endowed Chair in Music at Marylhurst; and works by four Marylhurst composition students.

The Monday evening performance will be broadcast by KBOO Community Radio, one of the sponsors of March Music Moderne, a month-long festival spearheaded by Marylhurst music instructor Bob Priest.

Two other concerts are planned for the week featuring the works of composer Gwyneth Walker, who is serving as an artist-in-residence at Marylhurst. A Tuesday, March 19 performance will include a program of songs and chamber music by Walker and several other composers. On Wednesday, March 20, the Marylhurst Chorale, Marylhurst Choral Union and the choirs of Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus will join forces to perform choral masterworks by Walker and new works by Marylhurst student and faculty composers. Both of those concerts also begin at 7:30 p.m.

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About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,600 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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