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QUALITY PIONEER TO BE HONORED

 WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- What does a 92-year-old guru of the quality management movement do after promoting revolutionary management concepts to Fortune 500 executives, teaching classes at Columbia and New York universities, and conducting seminars around the world? He composes liturgical music.
 This little-known fact about Dr. W. Edwards Deming came to the attention of the Washington Civic Symphony which, through a grant from Ford Motor Company, is transcribing selections of Deming's music from their original vocal quartet scoring into full orchestral/choral works. Months of transcription and rehearsal will result in a dedication concert, "W. Edwards Deming: The Man and His Music," on Saturday evening, April 3, at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
 The concert will feature the Washington Civic Symphony, directed by Martin Piecuch and the West Virginia University Symphony Choir, directed by Max Peterson. From the Deming repertoire, the ensemble will present "Benedictus Es, Domine," "Missa Reginae Caeli," "Benedicite Omnia Opera," and Deming's own arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner" into what the management maestro calls "a singable form."
 To help honor Deming, celebrated baritone William Warfield will return to the stage of Constitution Hall to perform a Deming personal favorite "Ol' Man River" from the Jerome Kern musical "Showboat."
 The Washington Civic Symphony and the West Virginia University Symphony Choir will conclude the program with a celebration performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, another Deming favorite.
 Leaders of the nation's corporations and members of the arts community will gather for a reception before the concert to honor Deming.
 The world premiere of the orchestration of the Deming works is sponsored by Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). The Washington Civic Symphony is a not-for-profit community orchestra supported by the DC Recreation and Parks and the Washington Civic Symphony Guild volunteers in the arts. The Symphony strives to reach neighborhoods and audiences within the District of Columbia that do not have ready access to live orchestral performances.
 "Ford is pleased and honored to work with the Washington Civic Symphony on this event," said Elliott Hall, vice president - Washington Affairs for Ford. "Both the Symphony and Dr. Deming demonstrate that quality should be achieved not only in business and industry but also in cultural arts and the community.
 "A great many people have appreciated and benefited from Dr. Deming's quality management message. It is a pleasure to give people the opportunity to hear his music and pay tribute to this man who has given so much to the business community and the general public."
 For reception and concert ticket information, contact the Washington Civic Symphony office at 202-857-0970.
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 /CONTACT: Kate Blackburn of the Washington Civic Symphony, 202-857-0970; or Wendy Davy of Campbell & Co., 313-336-9655, for Ford Motor Company/
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