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Symphony Orchestra
To Perform April 30
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MAILED: April 14, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University Symphony Orchestra will tackle unusually difficult pieces during its two-work performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center
The two works featured in the concert are Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."
"We've never tried this type of music since I've been here," said Nobuyoshi Yasuda, assistant professor of music and theatre arts and conductor, referring to "The Rite of Spring."
"This powerful work, with its novel rhythms and hitherto unheard-of chordal combinations and orchestral effects, has changed forever the elements of musical language," Yasuda said.
Yasuda said both of these pieces are extremely difficult technically and tiring physically. The university orchestra usually does not perform such pieces. He added that professional orchestras even have performed Stravinsky's piece poorly because of its technical difficulty.
"But every semester I like to challenge the orchestra to perform at a higher level, and they have always successfully met the challenge," said Yasuda explaining why the orchestra is performing such difficult pieces. "I am very confident it will be a really good performance."
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 has been described by composer Richard Wagner as "the apotheosis of the dance," suggesting that upon hearing it "tables and benches, cans and cups, the grandmother, the blind and the lame — even the children in the cradle — fall to dancing."
Yasuda said others also have seen a message in this symphony. "It is a symphony with extraordinary liberating rhythmic drive," he said.
Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" is the most controversial music piece composed by anyone in the 20th century — so controversial, in fact, that it prompted the audience to riot at the premiere.
"It premiered in Paris in 1913 when interest in primitivism was at its zenith among the avant-garde," Yasuda said. "Even the sophisticated were not ready for this first example in the new genre of primitivistic art."
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $5 for adults; $4 for those age 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty or 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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(715) 836-4741
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Updated: April 14, 2000