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University Band to perform spring concert April 24

April 17, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University Band will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The band, under the direction of Dr. Randal Dickerson, associate professor of music, will begin with "Gavorkna Fanfare" by Jack Stamp. This miniature fanfare is unique in that it features the full wind band rather than just the traditional brass and percussion sections. The word "Gavorkna" is neither Russian nor Slavic; it is a nonsense word created by one of Stamp's instructors at Michigan State University.

Second Suite in F for Military Band by Gustav Holst will follow. The piece was written in 1911 and is now considered one of the cornerstones of the concert band literature. It includes English folk songs in addition to other dance tunes.

The band will continue with Percy Grainger's "Irish Tune from County Derry." Known to many as "Danny Boy," this version of the ancient Irish air was written in 1909.

David R. Holsinger's "Abram's Pursuit" will follow, conducted by UW-Eau Claire senior Matt Winarski, Memphis, Tenn. The concert will close with "Incantation and Dance" by John Barnes Chance.

The University Band is composed of talented musicians from many academic disciplines, including music majors, some of whom choose to perform on a secondary instrument.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $5 for the general public; $3 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and free for students with a university ID.

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