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CCM Symphony Band Honors Conductor's Anniversary

Season of celebration culminates with a tribute to CCM professor Terence Milligan featuring a world premiere piece by CCM alumnus Mike D'Ambrosio.

Date: 5/10/2004 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Fahey
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Other Contact: Sandi Holdheide
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The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's Symphony Band presents "Something Old, Something New" on Friday, May 28 at 8 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium. Conducted by Terence Milligan, who is celebrating his 25th year at CCM, this concert features the world premiere of Milligan's Wake written by CCM alumnus Mike D'Ambrosio. Other works on the program include Nelson's Rocky Point Holiday, Dahl's Pastoral Nocturne & Dance Variations, Persichetti's Chorale Prelude: So Pure the Star and Turina's La Procession du Rocio.

2003-04 marks Terence Milligan's 25th year as professor of music and conductor of the Symphony Band at CCM. The Symphony Band acknowledged this accomplishment with a series of retrospective concerts throughout the year, featuring many of the works performed in Milligan's first twenty-four years as well as new works, a personal passion of the conductor. This concert concludes the anniversary series with a commissioned work by Mike D'Ambrosio, who received a master's degree in composition in 1999 and a PhD in 2003 from CCM.

A former student of Milligan's and member of the Symphony Band, D'Ambrosio welcomed the challenge of writing a wind ensemble piece, the largest he has ever composed. After an encounter at a performance of D'Ambrosio's work, Milligan asked his former student to write a piece to commemorate this anniversary. Milligan admired D'Ambrosio's fresh and innovative approach to music and his interest in wind music. D'Ambrosio was honored by the request of his former teacher and credited him by titling the work Milligan's Wake. "From the beginning of my time at CCM and the first rehearsal of Symphony Band, he (Milligan) communicated a real love for music, students and teaching," comments D'Ambrosio.

In 1979 Milligan began conducting a small ensemble at CCM with only four clarinet players - a far cry from the average of sixty students in the Symphony Band today. A professor of music, Milligan is also conductor of the Symphony Band, director of the graduate cognate program in wind conducting and the former director of the UC Bearcat Band. In addition he is integrally involved with the programs of the division of music education. Milligan was awarded the Ernest Glover Outstanding Teaching Award from CCM in 1996. He continues to update his teaching through innovative curriculum including a new course developed for the University's Honors Scholars program. "Music and Architecture: Correlation and Comparison" is an interdisciplinary class that is the only one of its kind in the U.S. Named UC's Outstanding Honors Professor in 2002-03, Milligan said that his time at CCM "has gone too quickly. I am lucky because I look forward to coming to school every day."

The concert is FREE and open to the public. Parking is available in the CCM Garage at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue.  For more information contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183, or

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Symphony Band
Terence Milligan, conductor
"Something Old, Something New"
Nelson: Rocky Point Holiday
Persichetti: Chorale Prelude: So Pure the Star
D'Ambrosio: Milligan's Wake (World Premiere)
Dahl: Pastoral Nocturne & Dance Variations
Turina: La Procession du Rocio
Friday, May 28, 8 pm
Corbett Auditorium