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Jazz Ensemble II to perform Nov. 10

RELEASED: Nov. 2, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Bob Baca, professor of music, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert will include a performance of Grammy Award-winning composer Maria Schneider's "Bulería, Soleá y Rumba."

The concert will begin with Thad Jones' "Three And One" featuring sophomore Travis Kaney, Sun Prairie, on baritone saxophone; junior Alex Piela, Sun Prairie, on trumpet; freshman Aaron Godin, Prescott, on alto saxophone; and junior Nicole Brellenthin, Burnsville, Minn., on trombone. The performance also will include a Stan Kenton Christmas song and "Donna Lee" by Charlie Parker. The piece will feature junior Alex Chilsen, New Richmond, on piano; freshman Eric Schultz, Green Bay, on alto saxophone; and seniors Abby Frederick, Green Bay, and Matt Gullickson, Mankato, Minn., on drums.

The second half of the concert will include Gordon Goodwin's "Body and Soul" featuring sophomore Kyle Manley, Rosemount, Minn., on tenor saxophone and "Bulería, Soleá y Rumba" from the album "Concert in the Garden" by Schneider. The piece will feature seniors Tyler Anderson, Eagan, Minn., on tenor saxophone and Ashley Vial, Green Bay, on trumpet. Born in Windom, Minn., Schneider has won critical acclaim for her work, with "Concert in the Garden" named Jazz Album of the Year and Schneider Composer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Originally commissioned by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the piece has been performed and recorded by UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensemble I. Jazz Ensemble I was the first college ensemble, besides Maria Schneider's own orchestra, to perform and record her most difficult composition as its title track on its new CD. Jazz Ensemble I performed the work during the 41st annual UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival in 2006. Considered by many to have the sound of a full orchestra with jazz ensemble instrumentation, the work requires the use of many extra instruments all requiring a high degree of proficiency. The piece will be accompanied by several UW-Eau Claire dance classes under the direction of Toni Poll-Sorensen, professor of dance.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $4 for the general public; $3 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and free for students with a university ID.

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