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University Orchestra’s Spring Concert
To Feature Powerful Program

 MAILED:  April 12, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra director Nobuyoshi Yasuda invites the Chippewa Valley community to attend the orchestra’s annual spring concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The program will open with the Overture from Verdi’s opera “La Forza del Destino,” followed by a performance by guest soloist Alexandre Dossin, assistant professor of music at UW-Eau Claire. A prize-winning performer who has studied in Brazil and Russia, Dossin was warmly received by Madison audiences at his recent Elvejhem Museum concert, which was broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Dossin will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a piece he claims is very special to him. Not only was it a favorite during his early years, before he ever learned to play it, but he eventually got to study and learn the piece at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, in the very building where it was composed. He has since performed it many times.

“This concerto is a very important work for the Russian people; it is at the same time Russian in character and universal in scope,” said Dossin. “Its amazingly beautiful melodies and exciting piano texture make this work a very rewarding experience for the performer and the audience.”

The concert will close with another important and impressive piece — Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

“In my opinion the Brahms symphony is one of the most monumental compositions in the history of western music,” said Yasuda, noting that it took Brahms nearly 20 years to complete. “I hope many people will come to experience the power and deep emotion of this music,” he said.

General tickets sales for reserved seating begin April 12 and advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, and are $5 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.

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Updated: April 13, 2004