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Ireland Concert Band to Perform St. Patrick's Day
Concert Before Heading to Ireland on Tour

RELEASED: March 7, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Just before heading off to Ireland on tour, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Ireland Concert Band will perform a St. Patrick's Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Conducted by Dr. R. Mark Heidel, with soloist and guest conductor Dr. Phillip Ostrander, the concert is free and the public is invited.

The Ireland Concert band is composed of students from both the Wind Symphony, conducted by Heidel, and the Symphony Band, conducted by Ostrander, as well as other students with musical backgrounds who expressed an interest in performing and taking part in the tour to Ireland. Sixty-six students in all will perform.

The concert will open with Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "Candide," followed by the traditional Irish tune, "Be thou My Vision." Ostrander will perform on trombone for Gareth Wood's "Dance Sequence," followed by "Molly on the Shore," an Irish reel by Percy Aldridge Grainger. Ostrander will then conduct "The Symphonic Gershwin, arranged by Warren Baker. The concert will close with "The Irish Washerwoman" by Leroy Anderson and "Rolling Thunder" by Henry Fillmore.

Heidel led a similar group of band students on a 5-day tour of Ireland and England in 2002, which was the first time a band from UW-Eau Claire had traveled abroad. According to Heidel, his own experience as a college student visiting England gave him the idea for taking the band on a tour of the British Isles.

"The people of the British Isles are so appreciative of band music, it makes for a great experience for the students, said Heidel.

St. Nicholas Church, Galway, Ireland
St. Nicholas Church, Galway, Ireland

This time the Ireland Concert Band will spend five days in Ireland, visiting Dublin, Limerick, Cork, and Galway. In Dublin, on March 16, they will perform in the Saint Patrick's Music Festival, which is typically attended by as many as 500,000 people, and on March 20 they will perform at St. Nicholas Church, Galway. The tour will finish in London, where band members will enjoy two days of sightseeing.

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