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UW-Eau Claire Bands
To Perform March 5
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MAILED: Feb. 23, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Wind Symphony and Symphony Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in Kjer Theatre.
Having the two bands perform in the same concert together kicks off the semester well, said Dr. Bob Bayless, Wind Symphony director and lecturer of music and theatre arts, adding that each ensemble will perform half of the concert. "It's a neat way to start the semester because it gives the bands something to aim for right away," he said.
Rodney Hudson, associate professor of music and theatre arts and director of the Symphony Band, said having this concert early in the semester makes the groups more visible and allows for more parents to attend. Both bands will have separate concerts later in the semester.
Both directors said one of the goals of the concert is to provide the players with good literature but literature that also is functional and useful in the future teaching careers of the music education majors.
"More than 80 percent of the musicians in these bands are music education majors," Bayless said. "We want to teach them music they will be able to use in the field."
To aid in this goal, a wide variety of music was chosen for the concert.
The Wind Symphony will open with Umberto Giordano's "Andrea Chenier," which is arranged by J.J. Richards. The rest of the program will include works such as "Salvation Is Created" by Pavel Tschesnokoff and arranged by Bruce Houseknecht; Henry Fillmore's "Circus Bee;" and Symphony in B flat by Paul Hindemith.
"The Symphony in B flat is a landmark work for the wind band," said Bayless, adding the Wind Symphony should be playing the best music on the market and that's exactly what it's doing. "The work is as intellectually rigorous as it is musically attractive. The Symphony is a textbook example of Hindemith's interest in cyclical forms. All three movements employ a simultaneous recapitulation of the previously presented material."
The Symphony Band will open with "Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who is one of the most eminent of contemporary English composers.
"Williams' interest in the wind band has nowhere found more satisfactory expression than in this suite," Hudson said. "The score is remarkable for its originality and instrumentation. The musical subjects are all traditional and reflect the composer's lifelong studies in the field of folk music."
The rest of the Symphony Band's concert will consist of Ronald Lo Presti's "Elegy for a Young American," which was written and dedicated in 1964 to the memory of John F. Kennedy; "Satiric Dances" by Norman Dello Joio; and Russell Alexander's "Colossus of Columbia," which is a march.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $4.75 for adults; $3.75 for seniors, children 17 and under, and faculty or staff with a university ID; or $1.25 for students with a university ID.
Free parking is available on campus in the Hibbard Parking Lot.

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: Feb. 23, 2000