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University Symphony Orchestra
to Perform Fall Concert Nov. 12

RELEASED: Oct. 30, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, will perform their annual fall concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, in Gantner Concert Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert will begin with "Procession of the Nobles" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The opening brass fanfare announces the entry of the nobility in this cortege from the opera "Mlada," and the woodwinds provide the regal flourishes that embellish this work. Based on a text from Slavic mythology, set on the coast of the Baltic Sea, and arranged for an enlarged orchestra, this opera was the first of Rimsky-Korsakov's works to show the influence of Richard Wagner, who affected so many composers of the time. Although the opera was a failure, this symphonic offering has been enjoyed by audiences since its first introduction.

The concert will continue with Jurij Abramovitsj Levitin's Concerto for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra, op.34, featuring UW-Eau Claire professors of music Dr. Richard Fletcher, on clarinet, and Dr. Kristine Fletcher, on bassoon. The Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon is orchestrated for four woodwinds, three horns, three trumpets, trombone, percussion, harp, and strings. Levitin studied piano with Samary Savshinsky and composition with Dmitri Shostakovich at the Leningrad Conservatory. A member of the Composers' Union since 1940 and the Communist Party since 1947, he was designated 'People's Artist of the USSR" in 1980. A musical traditionalist, Levitin followed the lead of his famous teacher in writing music which was essentially tonal and economical of gesture, often featuring steady, march-like rhythms balanced with contemplative moments and melancholy, lyrical melodies.

The concert will conclude with the highlight performance of Piotr Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op.64. Tchaikovsky was a profoundly Russian and nationalist composer. Although his music is often dismissed as bourgeois, sentimental and emotionally theatrical, that judgment is at odds with the enormous popularity the music enjoys.

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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