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Released April 20, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS BAND PAYS TRIBUTE TO WALDOFF

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi's internationally recognized Wind Ensemble will perform a tribute concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 in Bennett Auditorium honoring long-time professor of music and pianist Stanley Waldoff.

Waldoff, a native of Hattiesburg who has been a mainstay in the university's School of Music, will retire at the end of the academic year.

"Stanley Waldoff's performance ability and teaching skills have contributed greatly to the School of Music's musical integrity-a tradition that it has enjoyed for many years," said Dr. Thomas Fraschillo, director of bands and director of the Wind Ensemble at Southern Miss.

He added that Waldoff is a valued colleague and will be "sorely missed" after his retirement.

One of Waldoff's former students, Theresa Sanchez, will join the 55-member concert band as featured soloist for Luigi Zaninelli's "Concertino for Piano and Wind Ensemble." The Southern Miss composer-in-residence originally wrote the piece for Waldoff, who premiered it with Fraschillo and the Wind Ensemble at the 1993 American Bandmasters Association national convention in New Orleans.

Dr. Harry Begian of the University of Illinois School of Music said Zaninelli's concerto is "one of the most exciting works ever written for piano and winds in the 20th century." Waldoff's performance with the band in 1993 led to multiple performances of the work in the United States.

Sanchez said her former professor's teaching "was brilliant and demanding, emphasizing critical aspects of sophisticated pianism-meaning the production of a beautiful tone quality, interesting phrasing, and a large palette of dynamic colors and rhythmic clarity." She added that all these characteristics were "abundantly and spectacularly present" in her teacher's own playing.

Waldoff cultivated his talents from an early age through his training at The Juilliard School in New York City, where he earned his undergraduate and master's degrees. After earning his doctorate from Columbia University and working as a recording artist for the American Heritage Society, he joined the faculty at Southern Miss in the fall of 1971.

A faculty member at Jones County Junior College and past president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, Sanchez has presented numerous recitals in the United States, Canada and Europe and has given recent performances with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Southern Miss, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.

Other works on the concert program will include Aaron Copland's "Danzon Cubano," John Philip Sousa's "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine March," Italian composer Thomas Briccetti's "French Toast to John Philippe Rameau," and H. Owen Reed's "Missouri Shindig."

The Wind Ensemble at Southern Miss is among the nation's finest university concert bands and has received numerous accolades for its recordings of all types of music for band. Fraschillo is in his 20th year as conductor.

"We are extremely proud of the continued accomplishments of this band," Fraschillo said. "The students continue to be a source of pride for us in the School of Music-for their dedication to the music and for striving to perform at their best."

Tickets are $6 for general admission and $3 for Southern Miss faculty and staff, senior citizens, and children under 12. Southern Miss students will be admitted free with ID. Call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 for tickets or order online at www.usm.edu/tickets. For more information on the Southern Miss band program, call (601) 266-4990.

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