Meadville Tribune


October 22, 2009

Friends of Music Concert Series

From Edinboro University Office of Public Relations


EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro University’s Friends of Music will present an evening of chamber orchestra music with members of the Erie Philharmonic on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Louis C. Cole Auditorium-Memorial Hall.

The 7:30 p.m. concert featuring 14 musicians, including two Edinboro University Music Department faculty members, will be conducted by Daniel Meyer, the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director.

“In bringing the Erie Philharmonic here, we remain very grateful to Dr. William Alexander for his extraordinary commitment and generosity to Edinboro University and our Music Department,” said Edinboro President Jeremy D. Brown. “These concerts provide our students and the general public with the opportunity to hear and appreciate music by the world’s most outstanding composers of classical music.”

In previous years there was a minimal cost attached to attending Erie Philharmonic concerts at Edinboro University.  But because of the current state of the economy, such concerts during the 2009-10 academic year will be free, thanks to Alexander’s continued generosity.

“We thank Bill Alexander for his gift of music that is appreciated by so many,” Brown said.

It was Alexander, Edinboro’s former Music Department chair, who first established a relationship between the University and the Erie Philharmonic some four decades ago. Now retired from teaching, Alexander continues his music composition, including solo and chamber works for friends, both professional and amateur.  He has also written several works for orchestra which were premiered by the Erie Philharmonic.

For establishing a permanent endowment for the Edinboro University Friends of Music Concert Series, now in its third year, and for his continued support of the Music Department, Alexander was honored last year when the University’s new music building was dedicated as the “Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center.”

Although there will be no soloists in the Oct. 28 concert, two of Edinboro University’s music faculty members, flutist LeAnn Wistrom and pianist Kristine Denton, will perform with members of the orchestra.

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