Curiale will attend the performance and participate in a pre-show discussion, which takes place at 7:15 p.m. He was commissioned to compose the symphony in celebration of Polar Bear Nation and as a reflection on the changing climate's impact on the polar bear. Polar Bear Nation is an Ohio Northern initiative to raise funds for Polar Bears International, an organization dedicated to protecting the polar bear in light of environmental changes.

Curiale has had a fruitful career, beginning with his work on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, where his song, "Sick of the Blues," was the show's closing theme from 1982-1994. Following "The Tonight Show," Curiale's work appeared in films and television specials. He earned an Emmy Award nomination in Musical Direction for his work on the television special "Tribute to Sammy Davis." Curiale's work, both as a composer and arranger, has been recorded or performed by more than 100 artists, including Vanessa Williams and Michael Jackson.

He began exploring concert music in the early 1990s, recording "Gates of Gold" and "Joy" and releasing his first CD, "Awakening," in 1997. He has been commissioned for such projects as "Wind River (I Am)," which celebrated the new millennium, and he has garnered numerous artist fellowships. In 2001 he released a second CD, titled "The Music of Life."

Curiale is regularly featured on National Public Radio's classical programming, as well as on the program "Talking About Faith." He has written two books, "The Spirit of Creativity" and "The Wisdom of Creativity." A deeply spiritual man, Curiale's works are recognized the world over for their passion, beauty and sense of wonder. He spent much of 2006 and 2007 personally bringing relief to widows and orphans affected by the mass farmer suicides in India.

Part of "A Journey Unfinished," a joint performance by the Symphony Orchestra and University Singers, "Silent Snow" will be conducted by Lloyd Butler, co-director of the musical theatre program and music director of the ONU symphony. This event will also include performances of Mozart's unfinished "Grand Mass in C minor" and Schubert's "Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished.'"

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