MAILED: Oct. 4, 2000
Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's new director of bands, will conduct his first concert Sunday, Oct. 15, when the Wind Symphony performs. The concert, which is at 2 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center, also will feature the Symphony Band.
In his first year at UW-Eau Claire, Heidel wants to make sure his students experience certain types of compositions, including core pieces in the wind band repertoire and new works. "I just want the students to leave this institution with a well-rounded exposure to wind band music," Heidel said. "I am trying to make that statement in this concert."
Heidel accomplished this through the diverse selections he has chosen for the Wind Symphony to perform.
"There will be a mix of styles, starting with a vigorous, exciting work followed by a slow, intense piece," Heidel said, explaining that the program also will include lighter selections, as well as a neoclassical composition.
The Wind Symphony will open its program with "Rocky Point Holiday" by Ron Nelson. Rocky Point is a wind-blown seaside resort on the coast of Rhode Island. "Through this piece, Nelson blends elements of jazz and classical construction resulting in a truly American wind band composition," Heidel said.
Other works the Wind Symphony will perform include John Barnes Chance's "Elegy," Percy Aldridge Grainger's "Mock Morris," Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Jesters from the Snow Maidens" and Vincent Persichetti's "Divertimento for Band."
"'Divertimento' demonstrates rhythmic and contrapuntal savoir-faire blended neatly with tongue-in-cheek humor and lyrical nostalgia," Heidel said, adding this was Persichetti's first work for band.
Opening the show, the Symphony Band, conducted by Rodney Hudson, associate professor of music and theatre arts, will perform five selections.
"I want to provide students with wind literature that will be valuable for them as future music educators," Hudson said in regard to the selections he chose for his band. "I want to present to them a learning and challenging musical experience."
The Symphony Band will start its performance with "Pastime" by Jack Stamp. In this piece, Stamp has incorporated salutes to the 1962 Giants with accolades to the 1998 baseball season, all loosely woven around two motives from the anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
Next the group will perform Anthony Iannaccone's "Plymouth Trilogy," which is lighter in vein than most other works by Iannaccone. The work is tuneful throughout the course of its three contrasting movements: overture, reflection and carrousel.
The last three works to be performed are "Alleluia," originally an a cappella choral work by Randall Thompson. The transcription of this work was done by Lewis J. Buckley, conductor of the U.S. Coast Guard band. The program concludes with "March of the Belgian Paratroopers" by Pierre Leemans and "Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo" by Malcolm Arnold.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $4.75 for adults; $3.75 for those ages 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: Oct. 6, 2000