Music at Rowan

by Press Release | Dec 4, 2005
Music at Rowan The Rowan University Concert Band, under the direction of John Pastin, will perform a variety of classical, film and holiday music on Thursday, December 8 at 8pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

The evening begins with highlights from Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Then, student conductor Vincent DeBeau leads the band in Franck Tichelli’s “American Elegy.” DeBeau will begin the movie portion of the evening by conducting music from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This section of the program also includes pieces from the soundtracks for Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.

The second half of the concert features a selection of holiday favorites. Immediately following the concert, there will be a “Holiday Milk and Cookie” reception in Wilson Hall Room 156.

A member of the Rowan music faculty and Director of Bands, Pastin came to the university in 1998 after a 30-year career in the United States Navy’s music program. In addition to touring the world with various Navy bands, Pastin served as Conductor and Officer in Charge for the U.S. Navy Band from 1995-1998, He earned an array of awards and commendations for his service and musicianship, including the Legion of Merit presented by then-President Clinton.

Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Pfleeger Concert Hall is located in Wilson Hall on the campus of Rowan University. For directions and additional information, please call (856) 256-4545.

Rowan University’s String Ensemble includes a bit of holiday music on the program for Monday, December 12, 2005 at 8pm in Boyd Recital Hall.

Under the direction of George Atanasiu, the student ensemble performs Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” as well as works by Bertoldi, Copland, Mendelssohn and Vivaldi. From among the ensemble, the featured soloists are violinists Robert Vieira, Maria Vittoria Crotti, Yuri Segawa and Carol DiLeonardo; and cellist Ana-Maria Achitei.

In addition to teaching at Rowan, Romanian-born ensemble director George Atanasiu has served as associate conductor for the Maine Line Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and has given master classes at The College of New Jersey, Eastern Nazarene College and in Romania. As a cellist, he has performed throughout Europe in Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Romania and in the United States.

Boyd Recital Hall is located in Wilson Hall on the campus of Rowan University, Route 322 in Glassboro. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the box office at (856) 256-4545.

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