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November 22, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Original works highlight flute concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Character pieces through jazz improvisation will be presented when Slippery Rock University's Flute Choir, Chamber Flutes and Flute Quartet ensembles present original works by a member of the SRU faculty and a student composer as part of their 4 p.m., Nov. 24, concert in Swope Music Hall.

Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music, will direct.

Highlights of the campus concert will include a pop tune arrangement of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" by Rebecca McGann, a music major from Berwick, and "Jax Mechanique," composed by SRU's Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music.

McGann has arranged pop tunes for the ensemble in its two previous concerts. This arrangement includes vocals by Parker Servello, a math and music major from Monroeville. The SRU Flute Choir and accompanying percussionists also performed Barr's work last summer at the National Flute Association Convention.

The work is meant to characterize robotic machinery, calls for various forms of percussion, which will be performed by David Glover, associate professor of music, Kim Glover, his wife, and Jamison Lopochonsky, a music major from Greenville, on a variety of percussion instruments. Simon Neubert, a music major from Cabot, will play bass.

All three SRU ensembles will perform pieces by Peter Senchuk, a Los Angeles composer best known for his jazz-influenced works for flute choir.

The SRU Flute Choir will offer Senchuk's jazzy "Fully Dressed," featuring soloists Cassandra Maloney, a music major from West Mifflin, and Lauren Rieger, a music major from Butler; "Out of Their Rinds (Five Fresh Squeezed Citrus Soliloquies)"; and an arrangement of Mozart's "41st Symphony."

The SRU Chamber Flutes will play his "Two Spirituals," and the SRU Flute Quartet's performance will offer his "Two Hand Hot."

Stacy Schermann, a member of the flute choir and Information Services technician, will conduct Symphony No. 41, Movement by Mozart.

Suggested donations of $5 for the general public, $3 for SRU students, for the SRU Music Department Student Scholarship Fund, will be taken at the door.

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