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UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band and
Wind Symphony to Perform Fall Concert

RELEASED: Nov. 10, 2006

Wind Symphony band performers
UW-Eau Claire photo by Rick Mickelson

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Band and Wind Symphony will present a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Symphony Band, directed by Phillip Ostrander, assistant professor of music, will open the performance and will feature guest conductor Russel Mikkelson. The ensemble's first selections will be "Nitro" by Frank Ticheli, "Chorale and Alleluia" by Howard Hanson and "Children's March" by Percy Grainger. The ensemble also will present Philip Sparke's "Four Norfolk Dances" and Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque." The final selection for the Symphony Band's portion of the concert will be "Noble Deeds" by Charles Young.

Mikkelson, a UW-Eau Claire alumnus, currently serves as director of university bands and associate professor of conducting at The Ohio State University (see related news release). He will conduct the Symphony Band for the pieces by Sparke, Young and Whitacre.

The Wind Symphony will take the stage next, opening with "Celebrations" by John Zdechlik and J.S. Bach's "Fugue a la Gigue" as arranged by Gustav Holst. Ticheli's Symphony No. 2 also will be performed. The ensemble will conclude the concert with a John Philip Sousa march, "Who's Who in Navy Blue." The Wind Symphony is conducted by Richard Mark Heidel, associate professor of music.

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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