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UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble II
To Remember the Duke in Concert

 MAILED:  Nov. 11, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz II Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Baca, professor of music, will present a fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert will begin with "Shiny Stockings" by Frank Foster and continue with "Songbird" by Rob McConnell, "Four" by Miles Davis, "Tribute to Louie" by Rich Matteson and "Have you Heard" by Pat Metheny.

The second half of the concert will feature a tribute to Duke Ellington, a musical legend and one of the world's most widely recognized and admired composers and musicians. "The Queens Suite" features six pieces and is one of three suites known collectively as "The Ellington Suites." It was said to be written in 1958 as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth — the Duke's way of showing his appreciation for the "red carpet treatment" he received while visiting her. In his autobiography, Ellington said he pressed only one copy of the suite and sent it to the Queen. The public did not hear this suite until 1976, two years after Ellington's death.

President Richard Nixon said, "In the royalty of American music, no man swings more or stands higher than the Duke."

The program will conclude with a Christmas Medley by Stan Kenton. Students will be featured as soloists on various numbers throughout the program.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center , (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $4 for the general public; $3 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and free for students with a university ID.

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Updated: November 11, 2004