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Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Give
Kick-off Concert Before Ireland Tour
MAILED: March 14, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will tour Ireland and England with a program titled "Across the Pond: An Evening of Irish and American Musical Favorites." The group of 50 students and two UW-Eau Claire faculty members will leave Friday, March 22, and return Saturday, March 30.
"This trip is designed to give students an opportunity to travel abroad and share their music with people from other countries," said Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, associate professor of music and organizer of the trip. "It will enhance the students' overall college experience to be able to immerse themselves in another culture and look beyond what is happening in Eau Claire."
In Ireland the UW-Eau Claire ensemble will perform concerts with local musical organizations in Limerick and Dublin. Both concerts will be open to those communities.
The special Irish/American program will feature nine selections beginning with "Amazing Grace" by John Newton, a slave ship captain who, after years of transporting slaves across the Atlantic Ocean, realized through divine grace the error of his ways. Other selections include "Eagle Squadron" by Kenneth J. Alford, "Hymn to the Fallen" by John Williams and "Londonderry Air," an Irish folk song arranged by Hawley Ades, which will feature Rodney Hudson on trombone.
When they aren't performing, group members will tour local attractions, including Blarney Castle, Bunratty Folk Park, Kilmainham Jail, Trinity College and St. Michan's Church, as well as numerous sites in London.
"This is the first time a band has made the trip overseas," said Heidel. "The students have worked very hard and are very excited to make this trip."
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform the same program at a send-off concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 14, 2002