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Dec. 5, 2006

Area Students Attended A Cappella Concert By Western Wind At UI

More than 350 students from Iowa and Illinois schools attended an a cappella matinee performance by the Western Wind on Monday, Dec. 4 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The performance was part of Hancher Auditorium's Stage Door series of educational arts events.

The concert program ranged from classical to folk to jazz to rock, and from a 16th-century composition to music from a recent film score.

A vocal sextet, the Western Wind performs a diverse repertoire of a cappella music. In addition to maintaining a demanding performance schedule, which has included appearances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum, the Folger Shakespeare Library and Library of Congress, the Western Wind regularly conducts workshops in ensemble singing.

The Western Wind coordinates an arts-in-education program in the New York City public school system called "The Western Wind Goes To School," for children ages 8-18. The curriculum ranges from the fundamentals of music notation and rhythm to highly refined interpretation of challenging vocal repertoire.

Since 1989, The Western Wind has produced a series of radio programs distributed throughout the United States by National Public Radio and Public Radio International. The programs address topics ranging from settings of love songs throughout the centuries to a musical narrative of the Jewish High Holy Days.

The Western Wind has also produced 19 recordings, 11 of which have been released on Western Wind Records, the group's record label.

The ensemble was at the UI to perform "The Chanukkah Story" on Dec. 3.



Vinton-Shellsburg Home Schools -- 5


Fairfield Home Schoolers -- 37

Maharishi Lower School -- 30


Christian Home Educators -- 40

Hillside Christian School -- 9

Sacred Heart Home School -- 20

Weber Elementary -- 154


Mid-Prairie Home Schools -- 17


Heart of Mary Educators -- 10


Washington-Waco Home Schools -- 7


Idea Off-Shooters -- 22




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