MAILED:Feb. 23, 2001
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claires Symphony Band and Wind Symphony will perform in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The two bands will showcase a variety of music for people of all ages to enjoy, said Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, Wind Symphony director and assistant professor of music and theatre arts. From contemporary to classical to folk tunes, this concert encompasses a little bit of virtually every musical style, he said.
Both bands recently completed their spring concert tours and are collaborating to bring the audience an enjoyable program of diverse styles and arrangements of music.
The Symphony Band, conducted by Rodney Hudson, associate professor of music and theatre arts, will open the concert. The performance will feature a variety of pieces and composers, from Robert Jagers Esprit De Corps, a piece written for the United States Marine Band in 1984, to Percy Graingers Ye Banks and Braes O Bonnie Doon.
The Wind Symphony, performing the second half of the concert, will open with a classical piece by Dmitri Shostakovich titled Prelude, Op. 34, No. 14. Written in 1932-33 as part of a set titled Twenty-four Preludes, this piece begins with a calm but strong chordal statement and continues to build in a single direction to a grand climax and then returns to the quiet mood and material of the beginning.
The Wind Symphony also will perform Karl L. Kings Barnum and Baileys Favorite, a march written in 1913 for the 32 piece Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, and Frank Tichelis Blue Shades, a work heavily influenced by the harmonies and rhythms of the blues.
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: Feb. 25, 2001