MAILED: April 26, 2000
Music from the Revolutionary and Civil War periods and film music are the two themes that will dominate the Symphony Band's spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
"Several pieces of music for this program were selected due to the reason that it's an election year," said Rodney Hudson, associate professor of music and theatre arts and conductor of the Symphony Band, in reference to the war-period music.
William Shuman's "Chester Overture" is an example of music from the Revolutionary War period that the ensemble will perform. It was based on a famous American Revolutionary hymn and marching song of the same name. "It was unofficially known as the national anthem of the war," Hudson said.
For this particular piece, Dr. Robert Bayless, interim director of bands, will conduct. "Dr. Bayless has been a tremendous influence on the students and the music department as a whole and we are very sorry to see him leave," Hudson said. Bayless is not returning to UW-Eau Claire next year.
Other works featured on the program are E.E. Bagley's "National Emblem," which is one of America's best-loved and popular marches "second only in popularity to 'Stars and Stripes Forever,'" Hudson said.
Besides the marches, the rest of the program pertains to film music or noted popular actors of the past, such as James Dean and John Wayne. One of the works, "As Summer Was Just Beginning," is a tribute to James Dean and was written and composed by Wisconsin native Larry Daehn.
In addition, the band will perform "The Cowboys" by John Williams, who also wrote the music for "Star Wars."
One selection, "Buglers Holiday" by Leroy Anderson, will feature student soloists. The piece will feature a trumpet trio consisting of sophomore Daniel Urness, Platteville, and freshmen Jonathan LaFlamme, Duluth, Minn., and Brandon Ochoada, AppleValley, Minn.
The program will consist of nine works, all of which are popular works for concert band, Hudson said.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $4.75 for adults; $3.75 for those age 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty or staff with a university ID; or $1.25 for students with a university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 2, 2000