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Orchestra's Inaugural Concerto Concert
to Feature Student Competition Winners

RELEASED: Feb. 20, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will perform its inaugural Concerto Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The performance will feature the winners of the Student Concerto Competition held by the music department this past December. The concert begins with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 36 with sophomore winner Nicholas Handahl, Onalaska, as guest conductor. Next will be Edward Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, op. 21, with freshman Sasha Payne, Madison, featured on violin, followed by student composition "A Brief Celebratory Episode" by senior Corey Cunningham, Holmen. The concert also will feature Ballade pour flute et orchestre by Frank Martin, with senior Jennifer Ritchie, Sun Prairie, on flute, and Concerto pour Saxophone Alto et Orchestre à Cordes by Pierre Max Dubois, featuring senior David Fischer, Richfield, Minn., on alto saxophone. The concert will conclude with Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22, by Camille Saint-Saens with senior Matthew Lichtenwald, Fond du Lac, on piano.

The Concerto Competition was held in five categories in five divisions including piano, string, wind and percussion, conducting, and composition. Six students were selected out of 40 to perform at the concert. By giving students the chance to participate in the competition, Yasuda hopes it will boost their desire to excel beyond their own expectations in the future.

"We try to provide more opportunities to feature excellent talent of our students and we hope that this competition will stimulate students' motivation to reach higher standards."

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. The concert is general admission, with no reserved seating.

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