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UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band and Wind Symphony
Fall Concert to Feature Visiting Guest Conductor

 MAILED:  Nov. 11, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Band and Wind Symphony will present a fall concert featuring conductor Henry Charles Smith at 5 p.m. Nov. 23, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

This concert is being held in conjunction with a two-day conducting symposium featuring Smith as the clinician. Chippewa Valley band directors and UW-Eau Claire students will have the opportunity to receive insights and feedback from this accomplished conductor.

Henry Charles Smith’s career has spanned many years and across the nation. While on the conducting staff of the Minnesota Orchestra, he conducted over 1,000 concerts, and as solo trombonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he played more than 2,000 concerts with Eugene Ormandy and many other of the 20th Century’s greatest conductors. His guest conducting includes the Detroit, Dallas, and Kansas City Symphonies, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the National, San Antonio and Indianapolis Symphonies. Maestro Smith has served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University, Temple University, St. Olaf, Luther and Bethel Colleges, and the University of Texas, and is professor emeritus at Arizona State University.

The Symphony Band, directed by Phil Ostrander, assistant professor of music, will open the program with “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik. The ensemble also will perform works by Dana Wilson, Percy Grainger and J.S. Bach and will close with “March, Op. 99” by Serge Prokofiev.

The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, assistant professor of music, will open their portion of the concert with “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager. The group will continue with the “First Suite in E-flat for Military Band” by Gustav Holst; “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre; and “Overture to ‘The Cowboys’” by John Williams. They will close with “The Melody Shop” by Karl King.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $4.75 for the general public; $3.75 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.25 for students with a university ID.


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Updated: November 11, 2003