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University Symphony Orchestra to Perform Spring Concert April 20

RELEASED: April 11, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. April 20 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

For this concert, the University Symphony Orchestra, directed by associate professor of music Nobuyoshi Yasuda, will perform Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 in C minor

This symphony, sometimes referred to as "The Apocalyptic," was the last symphony Bruckner completed. It was dedicated to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. The symphony exists in two major versions of 1887 and 1890, but it was not premiered in Vienna until December 1892 in its revised form because of the difficulty of the work. It was premiered in the United States in 1909.

Although initial reviews were mixed, this is generally considered the grandest of all Bruckner's symphonies. The order of its four movements is innovative for the composer, with the two strongest movements on the outside and the liveliest and the most lyrical slow movement in between them. For many, the Adagio movement makes the deepest impression. Bruckner finishes off the work by playing the first subjects of all four movements simultaneously in what has been called "a radiant epilogue."

Tickets for reserved seating are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC.

Tickets 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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