MAILED: April 26, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Wind Symphony will give its last concert of the year at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The symphony, under the direction of Dr. Robert Bayless, lecturer of music and theatre arts, will begin the program by playing "Overture and Caccia" by Gian Carlo Menotti and arranged by Phillip Lang.
Next the group will perform Pietro Mascagni's Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana," which Bayless said was the most outstanding opera written by Mascagni.
"His success with this work at such a young age and with limited music skills remains unprecedented to this day," Bayless said. "There is a tendency in these works to wed the sordid with the sensational."
The first half of the program will feature a piece by Karel Husa and the second half of the program will start with "Awayday" by Adam Gorb.
After that there will be a portion of the program highlighting student soloists. One of the soloists will be senior Gene Power, Apple Valley, Minn., performing "Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft," which was arranged by Gunther Schuller.
The concert will finish up with a work by Charles E. Ives and "March of the Revolutionary Guard" by Bedrich Smetana and arranged by Vaclav Nelhybel.
Bayless said this piece was written in 1848, an inflammatory political time in European history. "It is known that Smetana, then a young man of 24, composed these marches while actual street fighting raged in the city of Prague," he 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