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17th Annual Best of the West Music Festival

The CMU Music Department and Karen Combs will present the 17th Annual Best of the West Music Festival on Dec. 8-10, featuring three public concerts and two days of workshops for more than 200 talented high school musicians from Colorado and Utah.

On Dec. 8, guest artist Andrew Hitz will present a tuba recital, accompanied by Arthur Houle, at 7:30pm in the Love Recital Hall. Tickets for his guest recital are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

On Dec. 9, the Wind Symphony will take to the stage at 7:30pm in the Robinson Theatre and will present the world premiere of Jack Stamp’s new composition “Tocsin.” Stamp is the composer-in-residence for Best of the West 2016 as well as the guest conductor of the top high school band at the festival. Other pieces by Jack Stamp being performed are “Gavorkna Fanfare” and “Hymn to Dunblane," in memory of John Wacker, the former director of bands at Western State Colorado University who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2014.

Also on Dec. 9, Hitz, the featured soloist at Friday’s concert, will perform Bruce Broughton’s “Concerto for Tuba.” Hitz is a former member of the Boston Brass and hosts a blog popular among musicians, “The Entrepreneurial Musician.”  The concert will close with a light-hearted piece by Robert Buckly titled “LOL.” Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3pm in Robinson Theatre, a free final concert will be presented, featuring a variety of music by current composers, played by three different high school bands.

Media Contact

Laura Bradley, CMU Box Office Manager

lbradley@coloradomesa.edu

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