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Burning River Brass to Perform
at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 11

RELEASED: Oct. 2, 2006

Burning River Brass
Burning River Brass

EAU CLAIRE — Burning River Brass, a chamber ensemble comprised of 12 of the finest brass and percussion players in the country, will perform Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

Burning River Brass came together in 1996, and began touring nationally in 1998. The original inspiration behind the ensemble was to give great players who were also good friends a chance to play together on a consistent basis. The Cleveland-based group's name gives a cheeky nod to the notoriety the city received in 1969 when the Cuyahoga River briefly caught fire.

"It takes guts and a sense of humor to name your group after an environmental disaster," wrote the Anchorage Daily News. "Fortunately, listening to Burning River Brass isn't hazardous to your aesthetic health."

In concert, Burning River Brass strives to present a variety of music that audiences find entertaining and which the ensemble enjoys playing. The repertoire includes fresh arrangements of classic literature as well as original works written specifically for the group. The ensemble is consistently applauded for the infectious joy with which it performs.

"The playing is alive and beautifully balanced, and the players hardly can contain themselves," wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Indeed, a Burning River Brass rehearsal is a blend of detailed honing and eruptive laughter, reflecting the musicians' burning desire for perfection, as well as good vibrations for one another."

The wide-ranging program will include Raymond Premru's "Of Knights and Castles"; a suite of dances collected by 16th-century music publisher Jacques Moderne; a fugue by J.S. Bach; Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" (1964); the suite from Manuel de Falla's "The Three-Cornered Hat" (1919); "Hungarian Goulash" by composer-arranger Goff Richards; and suites of music by Claude Debussy, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Emmy-winning trumpeter and composer Anthony DiLorenzo.

Burning River Brass has been heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and "Sunday Baroque" as well as radio stations throughout the United States and abroad. The group has four CDs on the Dorian Recordings label "Of Knights and Castles" (1999), "Russian Carnival" (2000), "Romanza Espana" (2004) and "Christmas Around the World" (2005).

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center, and will also be sold at the door.

A "meet the artist" dessert reception from 6 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center will precede the concert. Tortes, cheesecakes, coffee and teas will be served, and Philip Ostrander, assistant professor of trombone, will host the discussion. Tickets are $5 in advance at the Service Center and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by grants from the Chippewa Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Heartland Fund Program and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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JS/NW

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