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UW-Eau Claire to Present
‘A Salute to the Big Band Era’

 MAILED:  Aug. 26, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will present “A Salute to the Big Band Era” on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

This year’s event is a special tribute to all members of the U.S. armed forces, past and present, and they are especially invited to attend this special afternoon or evening of music and dancing, along with all Big Band lovers, alumni and friends of UW-Eau Claire. The event will feature posted rosters of veterans and current military members attending each performance, as well as the lighting of a birthday cake with 100 candles — a tribute to Bob Hope (1903-2003), who entertained an estimated 10 million servicemen and women at 700 bases and hospitals between 1948 and 1990.

The 2 p.m. matinee performance was added this year to make it easier for older fans of Big Band music to attend, and the evening performance will include a social gathering from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. for all ticket holders. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for the matinee and at 5:45 p.m. for the evening performance. Forty spaces on the main floor will be reserved for those using wheelchairs or walkers. Patrons are asked to identify these or any other special assistance needs when purchasing tickets, and information regarding special-needs parking will be provided with all ticket sales.

UW-Eau Claire’s award-winning Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Robert Baca, will provide the salute and the swing, performing music popular between 1928 and 1948, a time Baca refers to as “one of the most memorable musical eras in American history.” Songs like “Let’s Dance,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Tenderly,” “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” and “Sing, Sing, Sing” will give dancers plenty of opportunities to both jump and jive and slow dance.

Refreshments — cheese and crackers, fruit, various dessert items, and wine, beer, soda or bottled water — will be sold canteen style.

Proceeds from “A Salute to the Big Band Era” will provide support for activities in the jazz studies area. UW-Eau Claire’s jazz ensembles have earned numerous awards over the years and have produced 10 CDs. Five have won Down Beat magazine’s “Best College Big Band” award and two were nominated for Grammy awards. About 75 students currently participate in the jazz studies area.

“The Eau Claire community and culture is the foundation for the national success the jazz studies area has achieved,” said Baca. “It is our honor and privilege to give back this musical gift to the community to which we belong.”

Ada Bors, volunteer coordinator for the event, said she played piano in a jazz ensemble in high school and that her father enjoyed taking her and other members of the ensemble to hear Big Bands during the summer.

“My involvement with this event is in tribute to my parents and the special efforts they made over the years to enhance my music education,” said Bors.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for those 62 and over, youth 17 and under and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff; $11 per person for organized groups of 10 or more; and $10 for UW-Eau Claire and UW System students. Tickets will go on sale Aug. 27 at the University Service Center in Davies Center, or call (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC to request a brochure with more information and a ticket order form. Tickets can be charged by phone for an additional $3 fee. Tickets also will be sold at the door as space allows.


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Updated: August 26, 2003