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Wind Symphony to Feature Guest Artist at Spring Concert

RELEASED: April 24, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony, under the direction of James Colonna, will present its spring concert at 5 p.m. May 3 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Joel Puckett
Joel Puckett

The Wind Symphony concert will feature guest composer Joel Puckett, an artist in residence from the Peabody Conservatory. Puckett, who has been described as "visionary' and "gifted" by the Washington Post, is appearing through a grant supported by the UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program. Puckett's music composed for wind band has met with great success, with pieces being performed by some of the best college and professional ensembles in the country.

The concert will begin their performance with the world premiere of Colonna's "Fanfare Antiphonal vox Gabrieli," followed by "It Perched for Vespers Nine" by Puckett and "Arrows of Time" by Richard Peaslee, featuring Kyle Siegrist, Green Bay, winner of the 2009 Concerto Contest, on trombone. The first half of the performance will conclude with the world premiere of "Corrida!" by UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of music Ethan Wickman.

The second half of the concert will continue with "Awayday," by Adam Gorb and "Psalm," by Vincent Persichetti. The piece will be conducted by senior Michael Renneke, Eagan, Minn., winner of the 2009 Student Conductor contest. The concert will conclude with "Dance Movements" by Phillip Sparke.

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.

Puckett also will give a composer lecture at 11 a.m. May 1 in Room 139 of the Haas Fine Arts Center and will rehearse with the Wind Symphony at 2 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

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