Friday, May 13, 2011

Whitworth Symphony Orchestra to perform tour in Hawaii May 18-22

The Whitworth Symphony Orchestra will present "European Splendor" in several venues in Honolulu May 18-22 during its second bi-annual concert tour. In conjunction with one of the concerts, Whitworth President Beck Taylor will host a reception as part of the Taylor Tour 2011.

The orchestra's performance will feature works written in German, Russian and Spanish national styles, including Brahms' Symphony No. 2, DeFalla's Spanish Dance, Chabrier's Espana, and Stravinsky's Berceuse and Finale.

"We are looking forward to sharing these masterworks with our audiences in Hawaii," says Philip Baldwin, conductor of the Whitworth Orchestra.

Following the final concert of the tour, which will be performed at Kawaiaha'o Church, a reception hosted by President Taylor will be held at the Manoa Grand Ballroom. For more information and to register, please visit www.whitworth.edu/taylortour.

Following is information for each concert location. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.
  • Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
    Harris United Methodist Church
    20 S Vineyard Blvd.
    Honolulu, HI
  • Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m.
    Waialua United Church of Christ
    67174 Farrington Highway
    Waialua, HI
  • Sunday, May 22, at 9 a.m. & 4 p.m.
    Kawaiaha'o Church
    957 Punchbowl Street
    Honolulu, HI
    (Taylor reception following at 6 p.m. at Manoa Grand Ballroom, 2454 S. Beretania St.)
The Whitworth Orchestra performs literature of the highest quality and conducts three concerts and a concerto competition each year. The group performs a major tour every other spring. The orchestra has collaborated with Hollywood composer Bruce Frazier and has performed live film scores to projected movies. String players from the group also enjoy many opportunities including performance classes, chamber music, guest master classes, and frequent clinics with principal players and conductors of the Spokane Symphony. Whitworth's music faculty members include current and past members of the Spokane Symphony and are active as recitalists, soloists and chamber musicians.

Philip Baldwin is director of string studies, conductor of the Whitworth Orchestra, and assistant professor of violin. He also is the concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony and a former tenured member of the Spokane Symphony, as well as a frequent guest conductor, lecturer and recitalist.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Joan Lack, academic program assistant, music department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu.

Loree Swegle, academic program assistant, music department, Whitworth University, music@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.