Gardner-Webb University Music Department to Present Trio of Spring Concerts

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Symphonic Band, Orchestra and Jazz Collective to Offer Free Shows in April

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—The Gardner-Webb University Department of Music invites the public to a trio of upcoming free concerts on campus.

The GWU Symphonic Band will perform April 19 at 8 p.m. in Dover Theatre, inside the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center. The band’s conductor is Dr. Mark Cole, assistant professor of music education. Jay Seagrave, a member of GWU’s piano faculty, will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” as a guest soloist. The band will offer an additional performance on April 20 at 8 p.m. at North Gaston High School in Dallas, N.C.

The Gardner-Webb Orchestra will offer a concert on April 25 at 8 p.m. in GWU’s Dover Theatre, under the direction of Dr. Patricia Sparti, professor of music. The works of two GWU senior music composition majors—Colt Cooper of Gaffney, S.C., and James Gibbs Jr. of Lincolnton, N.C.—will premiere, and senior trumpeter Adam White of Asheboro, N.C., will perform a concerto. The orchestra will also play Mussorgsky’s famous “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

GWU’s Jazz Collective will perform April 27 at 8 p.m. in Dover Theatre, with direction by Wally West, adjunct instructor of music.

For more information about the concerts or the Gardner-Webb Department of Music, call 704-406-4448 or visit

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 days prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4253 or email

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University provides exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment, preparing students to think critically, to succeed professionally, and to serve faithfully as members of their local and global communities.