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University Symphony Orchestra
To Perform Spring Concert April 21
MAILED: April 12, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University Symphony Orchestra will perform two long pieces at its annual Spring concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
Directed by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, the 60-member student ensemble will begin the concert with Edward Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme ("Enigma"). Written in 1899, the Enigma Variations secured Elgar's reputation as a composer of international standing and remains one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. The idea for the piece, with its fourteen variations, supposedly took shape when Elgar began improvising at the piano one day to unwind after giving violin lessons.
After an intermission, the concert will continue with the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43, by Jean Sibelius. This four-movement symphony is among the most popular of the Finnish composer's seven symphonies.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $5 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 12, 2002