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POSTED: March 15, 2007
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Smooth Piedmont woodwinds visit GCSU

The Georgia College & State University Department of Music & Theatre is proud to present an evening of magical music with a performance by the Piedmont Winds at 7:30 p.m. on March 19 in Max Noah Recital Hall in Porter Hall.

The Piedmont Winds, formerly known as the Orpheus Woodwind Quintet, is composed of five professional free-lance musicians from the Atlanta area; Kelly Via on flute, Russ deLuna on oboe, Katherine White on clarinet, Kathleen Wood on horn, and Dan Worley bassoon.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $3 for senior citizens, non-GCSU students, GCSU faculty and staff, and $1 for GCSU students with a valid ID.

For more information, contact the GCSU Department of Music & Theatre at (478) 445-4226.

Artist bios:

Kelly Via received a Bachelor of Music from Drake University and a Master of Music from East Carolina University. He has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Augusta Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera orchestras. A flute choir enthusiast and arranger, Via has performed with the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir each year since 2000. One of his arrangements was named a winner in the NFA 2002 Newly Published Music Competition and another was a finalist in 2004. Via is currently teaching flute and directing flute choirs at Mercer University, Agnes Scott College and the Atlanta Music Academy.

Russ deLuna received a bachelor degree in oboe studies at Northwestern University with Ray Still. After four years he went to Boston University and completed a master degree in oboe with long-time Principal Oboe of the Boston Symphony, Ralph Gomberg. deLuna was recently appointed English Hornist of the San Francisco Symphony and will begin his tenure later this season. For the past several years deLuna has been an active performer and educator. He has been a soloist with the Columbus Symphony, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Orchestra, and the Georgia State and Columbus State Wind Ensembles and in 1995 was soloist with the Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, Romania. As an educator he has been artist-in-residence at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival for the past eight years and is on the faculty of Columbus State University and Emory University.

Katherine White is an active performer, teacher and clinician throughout the Southeast. She is principal clarinet of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Gwinnett Philharmonic, and the Cobb Symphony, leader of the Piedmont Winds woodwind quintet and regularly performs with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Charleston Symphony, Alabama Symphony and Greenville Symphony, as well as the Atlanta Lyric Opera. In 2006 she was asked to perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Gwinnett Philharmonic in celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday. She was awarded first prize in the Schubert Club competition in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in the Sewanee Music Festival Concerto Competition.

Kathleen Wood has been an active musician in the southeast since 1983. She has held principal horn positions in both the Savannah and Charleston Symphony Orchestras, and the assistant principal horn position in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Wood is principal horn with the Cobb Symphony, the Gwinnett Philharmonic, acting principal of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and also plays with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Theater of the Stars and other touring theatrical productions. In addition to her musical talents, Wood is a registered nurse and competes in American Kennel Club agility trials with her English Shepherd, Loki.

Dan Worley is principal of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Dekalb Symphony. He is a member of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and performs with the Atlanta Lyric Opera, Augusta Symphony, Charleston Symphony as well as Atlanta Symphony. At the Julliard School, Worley was a scholarship student of William Polisi. He has performed extensively in the U.S. and Europe with the quintet Arioso, which he founded. Arioso was selected as one of two chamber music groups from North America to perform at the first International Chamber Music Festival in Berkshire, Massachusetts in 1976. Worley has played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under the direction of James Levine and has played principal bassoon with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy. As its youngest member, Worley won a position with the American Wind Symphony in Pittsburgh. He has also been featured as solo bassoonist with the Engadinger Festival Orchestra in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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For more information, contact Ben Holcombe in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.