Scranton Celebrates 26th World Premiere Performance


Trumpeter, composer and recording artist Marcus Printup will return to The University of Scranton on Sunday, May 3, as guest composer/conductor of the 26th Annual World Premiere Composition Series Concert.

Printup will conduct Scranton's Concert Band and Concert Choir in the world premiere performances of his choir setting of "How Great Thou Art" for six-part choir, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, and an original band work titled "Blues in the Orient" in three sections, for concert band. Printup wrote both pieces specifically for the Scranton student ensembles.

The World Premiere Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The University of Scranton's Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street. The concert is free and open to the public.

A member of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Printup has performed and/or recorded with Wynton Marsalis (H '96), Wycliffe Gordon (H '06), Dr. Billy Taylor, Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts and many other noteworthy artists. He has recorded four solo albums, Songs for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub Songs (with trumpeter Tim Hagans), Nocturnal Traces, and most recently, The New Boogaloo. Printup made his screen debut in the 1999 movie Playing by Heart and recorded on its soundtrack.

Printup discovered jazz as a high school senior.  While attending the University of North Florida, he won the International Trumpet Guild Competition.

The World Premiere Composition Series provides University of Scranton students with opportunities to work and interact with nationally and internationally renowned composers and conductors, provides opportunities for rising young composers, and has made significant contributions to the wind and choral repertoires. The series provided internationally renowned composer, conductor and commentator Robert Kapilow with his very first commission to compose a musical work. Kapilow will be the principal speaker at The University of Scranton's 2009 undergraduate commencement.

For additional information, contact Cheryl Boga, director of Performance Music at The University of Scranton, at 941-7624, or at

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