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UW-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra
to perform Nov. 8

RELEASED: Oct. 26, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will present Dmitri Shostakovich's famed Symphony No. 9 in E flat major and Symphony No. 5 by Jean Sibelius.

Shostakovich wrote Symphony No. 9 in 1945 shortly after the end of World War II. The piece, performed in five movements, was preceded by his Symphony No. 7 and 8, both of which focused on the violence, suffering and devastations of war. His ninth symphony, however, has no remnants of these themes.

Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 was completed in 1915 with a premiere performance in December of that year in celebration of the composer's birthday. A second version, combining the first and second movements and extending the finale, was heard in 1916. A final revision was completed in 1919. The finale of Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 remains one of the most familiar of all themes in a symphony and is one of the most popular.

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, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID. Reserved seating tickets go on sale Oct. 26.

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