||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra|
To Perform Sept. 3
MAILED: August 18, 1998|
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of a work by composer Michael Torke at its concert on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena, the performance will open this season's Artists Series.
Michael Torke's "Jasper" was commissioned by the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee and Madison in celebration of Wisconsin's sesquicentennial and will be performed for the first time at this concert. A Milwaukee native now living in New York City, Torke has earned international prominence through an impressive series of vigorous, highly colored compositions.
"One of America's great virtuoso orchestras" (The New Yorker), the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by associate conductor Andrews Sill. The program also includes the following:
* Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46. Bruch utilized his own versions of Scottish folk tunes in the 1880 work, a showpiece that was embraced in the earlier part of this century by Jascha Heifetz. Violinist Jennifer Startt, who joined the MSO in 1990, will be featured artist. Startt enjoys seeking out and promoting the work of modern violin makers and will perform on a violin made in 1993 by Brian Derber, a Wisconsin resident.
* Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 ("Little Russian"). A composer who had the folk music of Russia deeply ingrained in his musical being, Tchaikovsky did not have to make a conscious effort to utilize it in his compositions. The 1879 work's subtitle refers to the Ukraine from which the folk tunes that form the basis of the composition originated.
Founded in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has achieved international acclaim under four music directors: Harry John Brown (1960-1967), Kenneth Schermerhorn (1968-1980), Lukas Foss (1980-1986) and Zdenek Macal (1986-1996). In 1997, Andreas Delfs became the orchestra's fifth music director.
At home and on tour, the MSO plays nearly 200 concerts each year to a total live audience exceeding 300,000. The ensemble offers one of the largest in-state touring programs of any orchestra in the country and has toured Europe, the Dominican Republic, and the western and eastern United States including 11 appearances at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to its Koss Classics recordings, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra may be heard on the Telarc, Pro Arte and Vox/Turnabout labels. MSO performances are heard on more than 300 radio stations, and concerts are taped for international radio syndication and statewide television broadcast.
Tickets are $15 for the general public; $13 for those ages 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those ages 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Single tickets will go on sale at the University Service Center on Monday, Aug. 31, and will be sold at the door.
Four different Artists Series season packages including a sesquicentennial package are on sale now at the Service Center in Davies Center's west lobby. Subscriptions may be purchased by mail or in person at the Service Center windows.
Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: August 18, 1998