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UW-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra to Present Varied Spring Concert

RELEASED: April 13, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra, directed by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, will perform a spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert will begin with "Silhouettes for Orchestra" composed by Dr. Michael Cunningham, UW-Eau Claire professor of music. The work consists of nine diverse pieces that Cunningham has described as "studies in orchestration" rather than original works of art — paraphrastic variations of models that were produced by various artists in the first half of the 20th Century. Although all the pieces were started sometime between 1957 and 1960, each was reworked, and in some cases finished, some forty-five years later.

The concert will continue with Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Organ in G minor, featuring Paul Kosower, UW-Eau Claire professor of music. The concerto is written for strings, timpani and solo organ, but includes no woodwinds, brass or other percussion. Rather than the usual three movements (fast-slow-fast), the concerto consists of one large movement broken up into seven sections alternating fast and slow tempi after a slow introduction of unusual stateliness.

The second half of the concert will feature the revised 1947 version of Igor Stravinsky's "Pétrouchka." Originally written for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, this astonishing work is considered one of the great ballet scores in terms of dramatic momentum and musical richness.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (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.

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