MAILED: Sept. 11, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the music department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, this year's Gala Concert Series promises to be extra exciting as alumni return to perform with their former mentors and current faculty in the department.
The show also will feature several current ensembles including the Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Taiko Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
"When you have the amount of talent here to call on, it would be a shame not to show it off," said Dan Newman, executive producer of The Gala and assistant professor of music.
Two Gala Concerts are planned for 7:30 p.m., Sept. 20, and 3 p.m., Sept. 21, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center. Each performance will feature an opening brass fanfare, a multimedia projection showing computer generated images of the university and tracing the history of the department by decades, soloists, ensembles, symphonic and choral works, and opera scenes.
"Both shows are different and will be exciting and varied. There will be no time for anyone to be bored as it will go from one thing to the next interspersed with the history of the department," Newman said.
Saturday will feature performances by alumni Tammie Behr Walker, John Keyes, Ford Hill and Paul Kile. Performing faculty include Penelope Cecchini, Jerry Young, Barbara Young, Ronald Keezer, Paul Kosower, Kathryn Proctor Duax, Tim Lane and Barbara Wimunc-Pearson. Ensembles will be done by Concert Choir directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, Symphony Orchestra directed by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, Jazz Ensemble 1 directed by Robert Baca, and The Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Daniel Newman. They will perform music of composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann.
Sunday's performance includes alumni Thaxter Cunio, Andy Classen, Drew Disher, David Graves and Esther Heideman. They will join faculty members Robert Baca, Nancy Rice Baker, Penelope Cecchini, Robert Knight, Daniel Newman and Nobuyoshi Yasuda.
Also performing will be the Concert Choir, Taiko Drum Ensemble directed by Ron Keezer, and the Symphony Orchestra.
Sunday's performance includes the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, George Gershwin, Fritz Kreisler and Peter Tchaikovsky.
UW-Eau Claire graduate Mike Rindo, news anchor for Channel 18 in Eau Claire, will be the master of ceremonies.
The cost for one day is $12 for the general public and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff; and $6 for UW-Eau Claire students, and people over 62 or under 17. The cost for both days for general public and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff is $22, and $12 for UW-Eau Claire students, senior citizens and youth.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 11, 1997