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University event blends music and technology

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (March 31, 2004) -- An ensemble from Capital University that blends music and technology will perform at Elson Hall Auditorium on the Ohio University Zanesville Campus at noon on Tuesday, April 6.

Founded in 1987, the Capital University MIDI Band appears to have been the first college-credited ensemble of its type in the nation. As such, the group has served as a model for the creation of several similar ensembles.

MIDI is an acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface -- a protocol that allows synthesizers to communicate with each other and with computers. The ensemble consists of digital and analog sound sources played by a wide variety of MIDI controllers, including keyboards, string instruments, guitar, bass, drums, mallets, and percussion.

The MIDI Band has performed on annual tours in educational institutions throughout the Midwest and the Eastern regions of the US, and has received invitations to perform at prominent national, regional, and state music conferences.

The music for this ensemble covers all styles and is primarily written or arranged by the group's members. In addition, conservatory faculty composers add their original works to the repertoire and other nationally recognized composers have been commissioned to write original works for the ensemble.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Music Bill Christy at (740) 588-1482 or at christyw@ohio.edu

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Media Contact: Zanesville Campus Public Relations Coordinator Connie Shriver, (740) 588-1509 or ouzpr@ohio.edu

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