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Jazz I concert to be featured during 'A Celebration of Achievements' April 23

April 19, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 23.

The concert, which will be included in the "Celebration of Achievements" events, will be held in the newly renovated Schofield Auditorium. The rededication of the historic venue will be held earlier that day.

Jazz I ensemble, directed by Robert Baca, professor of music, will begin with "The Sun Will Shine Today" by Patrick Williams. Senior Tyler Anderson, Eagan, Minn., tenor saxophone, and senior Eric Schultz, Green Bay, alto saxophone, will be featured during this piece.

"Eye Of The Hurricane" by Herbie Hancock will follow. Highlights include Anderson on tenor saxophone and senior Joe Niemann, Brookfield, on trumpet. "Three and One" by Thad Jones will be next.

The concert will end with Duke Ellington's "Black, Brown and Beige." At 52 minutes, the jazz narrative is Ellington's largest work. Several students, as well as faculty members Nobu Yasuda, associate professor of music, Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music, and Doug O'Connor, associate lecturer of music, will be featured throughout the piece.

A preconcert lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Dr. Ryan Jones, assistant professor of music, and Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history and UW-Eau Claire's campus equity, diversity and inclusivity fellow, will present "Black, Brown and Beige: Ellington, Race & Reception in 1943 America."

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $6 for the general public and $4 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID.

Student admittance is free, compliments of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Ticket and Blugold ID are required at the door.

For more information, contact Johanna Conrad at conradj@uwec.edu or 218-348-4590.

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