Gettysburg College musical ensembles to perform Dec. 5 at Majestic Theater

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Sunderman Conservatory of Music's Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band and Sunderman Chamber Winds will perform politically-themed music Dec. 5 at the Majestic Theater.

The 8 p.m. concert will be preceded by a short lecture from conductor Russell McCutcheon at 7:15 p.m. in the Patron's Lounge at the Majestic Theater located on Carlisle Street. The performance will celebrate President John F. Kennedy, Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks and American Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Works by Bernstein, Camphouse, Danielpour, Ives, Kallman, LoPresti, Schuman and Welcher will be performed. The event is free and open to the public.

McCutcheon is director of bands at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Sunderman Chamber Winds and Bullets Marching Band. McCutcheon teaches conducting, instrumental methods and supervises student teachers in the field. He earned his master's of science in music education from Troy State University and doctorate in music education with a concentration in wind conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he served as assistant conductor of the wind symphony. McCutcheon is an active performer, most recently as principal timpanist of the Westerville Symphony in Ohio. He is active nationally and internationally as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator and is the publisher of the World Association of Symphonic Band and Ensembles Quarterly Newsletter.

The Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College combines Gettysburg's superb music tradition and its strengths as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 2005 through a $15.7 million gift from 1919 graduate Dr. F. William Sunderman Sr., the conservatory offers three degrees -- bachelor of music in performance, bachelor of arts in music, and bachelor of science in music education -- as well as a minor in music.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

By: Justin Brower, class of 2010

Posted: Wed, 26 Nov 2008

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