MAILED: April 27, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I will perform a history of the big bands, highlighting music by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie during its May 11 concert.
"The selections were chosen to give the audience the best representation of big band music from this century and feature almost every member of the ensemble," said Robert Baca, associate professor of music and theatre arts and director of the ensemble.
The program, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center, will begin with Armstrong's "West End Blues." The first half of the program will feature five additional pieces, which include Ellington's "Daybreak Express," Frank Sinatra's "Lucy So and So" and "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs" by Leonard Bernstein.
"'Prelude, Fugue and Riffs' is one of two jazz works written by Bernstein," Baca said. "It is completely classical in nature and represents the utmost in training by the students."
The second portion of the show also will include six works, including two original Gillespie selections, "Round About Midnight" and "Things to Come."
"They are the most difficult music the band has ever played," Baca said in reference to the original Gillespie pieces. "The amount of musical nuance and harmonic flavor in a Gillespie composition reaches the pinnacle of the intellectual and common listeners' ears."
Students will be featured as soloists for all 12 works. The solos will be on trumpet, trombone, clarinet, piano, bass, drums and alto and tenor saxophones.
The concert also will be broadcast on WUEC radio.
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