MAILED: Oct. 2, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- In keeping with the festive theme of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music department's 50th anniversary, the Wind Ensemble, conducted by Todd Fiegel, and the Symphony Band, directed by Rodney Hudson, will present the first ensemble concert of the 1997-98 academic year, titled "Celebration."
The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire.
To initiate the concert season, the Symphony Band will begin its performance with the brief energetic Gavorkna Fanfare by Jack Stamp. It also will present Alfred Reed's "Othello," patterned after the Shakespeare drama. Its separate movements each symbolize a different scene of the play. The Symphony Band will cap off its presentation with "Slava!" by Leonard Bernstein. "Slava," Russian for "glory," is a tribute to cellist and conductor Mvistlav Rostropovich, whose nickname is "Slava," and was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.
The Wind Ensemble will open its portion of the program with Joaquin Turina's "La Procession du Rocio," which portrays a traditional annual Spanish celebration. The second piece by the Wind Ensemble will be "The Engulfed Cathedral" by Claude Debussy, originally written for piano.
The finale of the concert, titled "Celebration," by Phillip Sparke, was originally written for the professional Japanese band, The Tokyo Kose Wind Orchestra, and was conceived to show off the virtuosity of the group.
"This composition presents a challenge which the students of the Wind Ensemble have taken with great pride," Fiegel said. "And they are beautifully rising to it. It's a wonderful cap to a diverse program that has the underlying current of celebration as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the department of music and theatre arts.
The cost of the concert is $4.75 for the public; $3.75 for individuals 17 and under, senior citizens 62 and over, and faculty and staff; or $1.25 for a UW-Eau Claire student. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and at the door.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 2, 1997