MAILED: April 13, 2001
EAU CLAIRE The University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s University Symphony Orchestra will give its spring
concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine
Conducted by James Hannon, lecturer of music and theatre arts,
the group will perform three selections.
The program will begin with Dmitri Shostakovich’s
“Festival Overture.” Shostakovich, known for some of the 20th
century’s most beautiful melodies, was the most important composer in the
history of the Soviet Union, and is recognized as the outstanding genius of new
The second selection is written by American composer Alan
Hovhaness and is titled “And God Created Great Whales.” Hovhaness wrote more
than 400 pieces, including at least nine operas, two ballets, more than 60
symphonies and more than 100 chamber pieces. He melded Western and Asian musical
styles to create a unique melodic blend of his own.
The concert will end with “Symphony No. 3,” known as
the “Organ Symphony,” by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Organist Paul
Kosower, professor of music and theatre arts, will join the orchestra for this
powerfully emotional and triumphant work.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center,
(715) 836-3727, are $5 for adults; $4 for those age 62 and older, children 17
and younger, and faculty or staff with a university ID; or $1.50 for students
with a university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 13, 2001