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University Symphony Orchestra to perform spring concert April 21

April 15, 2013
Nobuyoshi Yasuda

EAU CLAIRE — The University Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert at 5 p.m. April 21 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will open with "Petrouchka" by Igor Stravinsky. The piece portrays a vital spirit at a fair with Stravinsky's imaginative harmony and rhythmic drive.

Ottorino Respighi's "Pine of Rome" will close the evening. The piece depicts four scenes of Rome, "The Villa Borghese," "Catacomb," "The Janiculum" and "The Appian Way," with a colorful tone pallet by Respighi's skillful instrumentation. Yasuda said "'The Appian Way' is one of the most spectacular music pieces written for orchestra."

The University Symphony Orchestra is a 60-member student ensemble performing the symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. 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 a 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.

Tickets, available online at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $6 for the public; $4 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.



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