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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
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WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 10, 2010) – The UCM Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Lubaroff, director of bands in the UCM Department of Music, will travel to New York City in March to perform in Carnegie Hall as part of the Carnegie Hall Concert Series.
According to Lubaroff, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for UCM’s student musicians to experience the thrill of performing in one of the world’s foremost venues for classical and popular music. But the opportunity comes with a price.
“We will arrive in New York March 26 and begin rehearsals for a March 28 performance,” Lubaroff said. “During their stay, members of the group will participate in two, three-hour rehearsals and a full dress rehearsal.”
A total of 54 students will make the trip, and the cost for transportation, housing and meals comes to $1,600 per person. Students and their families are doing what they can to cover the expenses, but the group also is seeking financial assistance.
“This is one of the most significant performances in the history of UCM bands,” he said. “Each and every ensemble performing as part of the Carnegie Hall Concert Series has been recommended or referred by an expert in the field or one of the many conductors who have appeared on the stage. Each group also must submit an audition recording of past performances as part of their formal application for an invitation to perform.”
Lubaroff added that the Wind Ensemble has received generous support from the UCM Department of Music; the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the UCM Foundation and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Office of the President; and hundreds of UCM band alumni across the nation.
“We can still use help, and we need to meet our financial obligations for the trip by the end of February,” he said.
For more information on the Wind Ensemble performance at Carnegie Hall, including ticket information for the performance, contact Lubaroff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-543-4680.