Wind Symphony, Symphony Band concert set for March 11March 6, 2012
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony and Symphony Band will perform at 2 p.m. March 11 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The concert will feature Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, lecturer of music, playing bassoon and the Eau Claire North High School Wind Ensemble as special guests.
The evening will open with the North High School Wind Ensemble's performances of "Ignition" by Todd Stalter and "Children's March," under the direction of Bruce Hering, music director of bands at North High School.
The concert will continue with the Symphony Band, directed by Dr. Peter Haberman, assistant professor of music. The first piece will be "Entry of the Gladiators: Thunder and Blazes" by Julius Fucik. The piece, originally inspired by the gladiators of ancient Roman times, now refers to the heroes of the circus, the daring riders of the rodeo and the strong athletes of the field.
The Symphony Band will follow with "Ave Maria" by Franz Bieble, arranged by Robert C. Cameron; "Five Miniatures" by Joaquin Turina; Symphony No. 1 by Daniel Buckvich; and "Hymnsong on Phillip Bliss" by David Holsinger. "Candide Suite" by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Clare Grundman, will close the first half of the concert.
The Wind Symphony, also directed by Haberman, will begin with "Sinfonia No. 3 — La Salsa" by Roberto Sierra. "Andante and Hungarian Rondo" by Carl Maria von Weber will follow and will feature Wilson on bassoon. When featuring a bassoon solo, the piece, which is like a mini operetta, is seen as lighthearted and jocular as opposed to serious when performed with a viola. The concert will continue with "Vientos y Tangos" by Michael Gandolfi and "Danzón No. 2" by Arturo Márquez. "Danza Final" by Alberto Ginastera will end the performance.
The Wind Symphony and Symphony Band ensembles, dedicated to the performance of the finest traditional and contemporary works, are open to all university students by audition.
Concert tickets, available online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $6 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.