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University Symphony Orchestra to Perform Spring Concert April 19

RELEASED: April 3, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert at 5 p.m. April 19 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will begin its performance with John Adams' "The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra," a piece that was commissioned by the Milwaukee Symphony. It is said to be an outtake of an act from the opera "Nixon in China," a project Adams was working on at that time.

The Orchestra will follow with Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart composed this concerto at the age of 21, and it is known as the "Jeunehomme Concerto," referring to the possibility that it was written for a French pianist. Namji Kim, assistant professor of music, will be featured as solo pianist for this piece.

Claude Debussy's "Three Nocturnes" will follow. The piece is said to be inspired by a series of impressionist paintings, also titled "Nocturnes," by artist James McNeill Whistler.

The Symphony Orchestra will conclude its performance with "Espana" by Emmanuel Chabrier. The piece, which first debuted in Paris in 1883, exudes the joyful and energetic atmosphere of Spanish activities, Yasuda said.

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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