175 High School Musicians at Plymouth State University

November 2nd, 2006 by Adam

The annual All New England Band Festival, featuring 175 high school musicians, will culminate in a performance at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at the Silver Center for the Arts on the Plymouth State University campus.

The concert concludes a daylong event involving honor band members representing 65 high schools from all six New England states. The students were chosen from almost 400 who applied for the festival from a total of 74 high schools. Selections were based on students’ individual musical achievements while attending the schools they are representing. More than two-thirds of those selected have been members of their respective all-state bands or orchestras.

KopetzGuest conductors for the 2006 festival are Barry Kopetz and Michael Sweeney.Sweeney

Both are nationally known composers of band music and have numerous published and recorded works to their credit.

The festival bands will share the concert with the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, conducted by Professor Gary Corcoran. The university band will perform works by Gustav Holst, Eric Whitacre and Rossano Galante as well as works by guest conductors Kopetz and Sweeney.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults and youth and $5 for seniors at the Silver Center Box Office. Advance reservations are recommended as this concert usually sells out.

Call (603) 535-ARTS for tickets. If special accommodations are needed, please call in advance.

For information contact: Dr. Gary Corcoran, (603) 535-2495 or via e-mail to garyc@plymouth.edu.

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.