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February 7, 2003

Purdue orchestra joins White House trumpeter for Indy concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Symphony Orchestra will perform for the first time at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis.

Proceeds from the concert, set for 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, will be used for orchestra scholarships. The performance, under the direction of Jay S. Gephart, will feature Gunnery Sgt. Susan Rider, a trumpeter with "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band. A former trumpet instructor at Purdue, Rider will perform "Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra" by Alexander Arutunian. Other selections include "Orpheus in the Underworld" by Jacques Offenbach, "Cappriccio Italien Op 45" by Peter Tschaikovsky and "Far and Away" by John Williams.

Tickets, which cost $10, can be purchased by calling the Purdue Box Office at (765) 494-3933 or the Hilbert Circle Theatre at (317) 639-4300 or (800) 366-8457. Tickets for school groups of at least 20 students can be purchased for $5 at the theater box office.

The concert is sponsored by Indiana Power and Light, National City Bank, Purdue Alumni of Indianapolis and the Purdue Alumni Association. Gordon and Carole Mallett of Zionsville, Ind., and James and Mary Sexton of Naperville, Ill., also provided financial support.

Gordon Mallett, president of the Purdue Association of Indianapolis, says he seized the opportunity to support the symphony.

"The Purdue Association of Indianapolis is made up of avid supporters of Purdue University," Mallet says. "We are always looking for ways to increase Purdue's presence in Indianapolis. We think supporting the Purdue Symphony is an excellent way to support Purdue students and a key opportunity to highlight the breadth of Purdue offerings – scientific, economic and cultural – to the community."

CONTACT: Kathy Matter, Purdue Bands public relations director, (765) 496-6785,; Gordon Mallett, (317) 873-2009.

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: To arrange an interview with Rider or orchestra members contact Kathy Matter, Purdue Bands public relations director, at (765) 496-6785.

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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