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UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band
to Present Baseball-themed Concert April 26

RELEASED: April 20, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Band, under the direction of Phillip Ostrander, will present its spring concert, "Baseball: America's Pastime," at 5 p.m. April 26 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The program will consist of music by American composers originally written for band. The Symphony Band will begin their performance with "Pastime" by Jack Stamp and "American Riversongs" by Pierre LaPlante, conducted by senior Michael Vallez, Burnsville, Minn., winner of the 2009 Symphony Band Conducting Competition. Following will be "Heroes from the Common Man, In Honor of the Truly Brave" by James Colonna, director of UW-Eau Claire Concert Bands. The first half of the concert will conclude with Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band by Paul Creston, featuring senior Ben Cold, Ladysmith, 2009 Concerto Competition winner, on alto saxophone.

The second half of the concert will begin with "Casey at the Bat" by Randol Alan Bass, featuring UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin Stankevich as guest narrator. Following will be "Symphony (For the Love of the Game)" by John Harmon. The Symphony Band will conclude its performance with "The National Game" by John Philip Sousa.

A short reception hosted by the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of the National Band Association will follow the concert in the Haas Fine Arts Center lobby.

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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