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Journey Through Orion

Julie Giroux

Journey Through Orion was premiered in 2006 by the Association of Concert Bands, Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel, Conductor. Pictures of the Great Orion Nebula, Barnard’s Loop, M78, M43, the Molecular Clouds 1 and 2 and the Horsehead Nebula greatly influenced the composer to sketch a journey with musical notes. Travel with the music 1,500 light years away to the constellation of Orion the Hunter, into the Molecular Cloud Complex and through the Great Orion Nebula where stars and ideas are born.

Julie Giroux (b. 1961) was born in Fairhaven, MA and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She began composing as a pre-teen. In 1992, with a recent degree in performance from Louisiana State University, she won an Emmy for music direction, the first woman and youngest person so honored. With credits for over 100 films and television programs she has composed for symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, military bands, soloists, brass and woodwind quintets and many other serious and commercial formats.

Last updated on March 23, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band