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University Symphony Orchestra to Perform Mahler's Symphony No. 3

RELEASED: March 30, 2006

Nobuyoshi Yasuda
Nobuyoshi Yasuda
Photo by Giles Photography

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Symphony Orchestra is directed by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music. The concert will feature Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D minor with the Women's Concert Chorale conducted by Alan Rieck, associate professor of music. Mezzo soprano Kathryn Proctor Duax, professor of music, will perform as a guest soloist. The performance is one hour and 50 minutes without intermission.

Mahler's longest and perhaps most challenging work, sometimes referred to as "Nature," was written in 1895 and 1896, with the later movements written first. The fourth movement was inspired by Nietzche's "Thus Spake Zarathustra." American composer Jonathan Kramer wrote "there are statements in this music of a philosophy of man and his relationship to nature, of the relationship between art and life, and even of the social equality of all people. These ideas are in the music, not merely associates with it, so that to ignore them is to miss an entire layer of meaning."

Mahler himself conducted the premiere of the complete work in June 1902.

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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