University Symphony Orchestra
The University Symphony Orchestra is a sixty member student ensemble performing the symphonic repertoire of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, the ensemble presents an on-campus concert each semester, performs annually in a tour to high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota, performs with the Symphonic Choir, accompanies one fully-staged opera or musical play each year, and each spring is one of the featured ensembles at UW-Eau Claire’s nationally-acclaimed Viennese Ball.
Concert repertoire has included Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 & 8, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 & 5, Stravinsky's Firebird, "Petrouchka" and "The Right of Spring" in addition to standard repertoire of symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky.
Under Yasuda’s direction, the University Symphony Orchestra has been recognized by two invitations--in 1992 and again in 1995--to perform at the annual conference of the Wisconsin Music Education Association. In April, 1996, Maestro Ejii Oue, conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, directed the Symphony in an open rehearsal of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony.
University Chamber Orchestra
The University Chamber Orchestra is a small student string orchestra that performs two concerts, or projects a year without a conductor. This ensemble is prepared and coached by assistant professor of violoncello, Dr. Tulio Rondón. Each project aims towards different goals. In the fall semester, the ensemble concentrates on romantic and twentieth century music. In the spring semester, the chamber orchestra concentrates on music from the baroque and classical periods, in a stylistic fashion called, “historically informed performance practice.” Both projects enhance the technical ability of string playing, as well as better understanding of a wide range of repertoire. Each project occasionally includes, wind, percussion, and brass instruments, as well as featuring student and faculty soloists.
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