MAILED: April 29, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Symphony Band will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The band will be conducted by Rodney Hudson, associate professor of music. The ensemble of 65 students is a musical organization comprised mostly of music majors. It gives two campus concerts each semester as well as an annual tour of public and private high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Among the musical selections that will be performed is Timothy Mahr's "The Soaring Hawk." Mahr is a Wisconsin native who is director of bands at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. His piece was commissioned by the American Band Master's Association National Convention in 1990.
Another piece the group will perform is John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Sousa called this piece his favorite march; it was the only composition he willingly discussed. This work held a fond place in his heart, reminiscent of his days as conductor of the United States Marine Band in Washington D. C. The work was premiered on May 14, 1897, and will be performed in honor of its 100th anniversary. "It has become a part of our prized national musical heritage," Hudson said.
The ensemble also will perform "A Slavic Farewell" by Vasilif Agapkin, "Symphony No. 6 for Band, Op. 69" by Vincent Persichetti, "First Suite in Eb" by Gustav Holst, "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from 'Lohengrin'" by Richard Wagner and "Suite of Old American Dances" by Robert Russell.
Tickets for the concert are $4.50 for the general public; $3.50 for senior citizens, children under 18 and faculty and staff; or $1.25 with a UW-Eau Claire ID. Tickets are available in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 1, 1997