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Jazz Ensemble I Concert
An American Portrait Celebration
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MAILED: Nov. 27, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — In celebration of the 100th birthdays of American composers Duke Ellington and George Gershwin, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I will perform an American Portrait Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The concert, littered with student and faculty solos, will open with pieces by Ernie Watts and Wolt Landesman.
Jazz Ensemble I will perform a set of Duke Ellington's most performed concert works, including "The 8th Veil," "Braggin' In Brass" and "Suite Thursday," a piece inspired by author John Steinbeck's work.
After "Not In the Mood" by Harold Danko, Michael Brecker's "Slings and Arrows" and "Unit 7," a piece arranged by senior trumpet player Kyle Newmaster, the Ensemble will perform Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."
Gershwin first performed "Rhapsody in Blue" in 1924 at New York's Aeolian Hall as part of a program titled an "Experiment in Modern Music." Gershwin improvised the piano part for the first performance of the composition for orchestra and piano. Professor of music Penelope Cecchini will be featured on piano for the piece.
"We'll be reenacting the 1924 version of 'Rhapsody in Blue,'" said Robert Baca, director of Jazz Ensemble I. "It has a strikingly different sound than modern renditions because the beat is more legato now the 1924 beat was more strided and short. This is different than our ears are used to."
Wrapping up the concert will be Franz Gruber's "Silent Night" and a CD release party for the Ensemble's sixth CD, "Jazz in Clear Water A Timeless Vision" will have the CDs on sale for $15.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, children under 18, or faculty/staff with a university ID, or $1.50 for students with a university ID.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Updated: Nov. 30, 1998