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Student Performer to be Featured at LRU Concert Band Spring Performance

Thu Apr 10 2014

HICKORY, N.C. — Celebrating its ninetieth-second season of bands at Lenoir-Rhyne, the 2013-14 Concert Band will perform on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

A rarely-performed concert suite, “Dwellers of the Western World,” by John Philip Sousa is set for this year’s program, which will also include, Elliot Del Borgo’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” John Zdechlik’s “Chorale and Shaker Dance,” and Franz von Suppé’s “Overture to Das Pensionat”.

The concert’s featured performer will be senior bassoonist, Hannah Stirewalt, from Nashville, Tennessee, performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat Major,” arranged by LR composer Luke Benton. Hannah will graduate in May with a double major in Music and International Relations and a minor in Economics.

“I am extremely excited to be able to share all of my hard work and dedication with the community,” Stirewalt said. “Mozart belongs to the classical period of music, an era that I believe has lost popularity especially with recent generations.

“The concerto is actually extremely interesting to the active listener. I have studied every nuance in the piece and I hope to bring them out to the audience.”

Stirewalt is part of a fifty-six member ensemble, comprised of LR students, community musicians from the Unifour area, and three exceptional high school students from Catawba County Schools, Caldwell County Schools and Burke County Schools.

For more information on the LRU Concert Band, visit their website at


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