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Symphony Band and Wind Symphony to Perform
at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 20

RELEASED: Nov. 10, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony and the Symphony Band will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Symphony Band, directed by Phillip Ostrander, assistant professor of music, will open the concert with "Sea Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, followed by Vincent Persichetti's "Serenade," a piece commissioned in 1960 by Frank Battisti and the Ithaca High School Band, Ithaca, New York. The ensemble also will present works by Frank Ticheli, William Himes and Bob Margolis. They will conclude their portion of the concert with "Invincible Eagle" by John Philip Sousa. The patriotic Sousa piece was composed in 1901 as a dedication to the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Richard Mark Heidel, associate professor of music, will perform for the second half of the concert. James Keene, director of bands at the University of Illinois, will serve as guest conductor. The performance will open with Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, followed by "On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss" by David Holsinger, dedicated to the memory of senior Branden Atherton, a UW-Eau Claire music education student from Waukesha who was killed in a bus accident last month. The piece is based on the Philip Bliss hymn "It Is Well with My Soul." The ensemble also will perform pieces by Malcolm Arnold and Luigi Zaninelli. The Wind Symphony will bring the concert to a conclusion with "The Little Ripper" by David Stanhope.

Tickets, available at the Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $5 for the public; $4 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff; and $1.50 for UW-Eau Claire students.

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