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University Symphony Orchestra to present spring concert

RELEASED: April 19, 2010

Nobuyoshi Yasudi
Nobuyoshi Yasuda

EAU CLAIRE — The University Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert at 5 p.m. April 25 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will present Franz Josef Haydn's Symphony No. 104 in D major, "The London Symphony," and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan."

"The London Symphony," which contains four movements, was composed for a concert on May 4, 1795, at the King's Theatre and is Haydn's final symphony.

Mahler's first symphony was composed in 1888 when he was 28 years old, and is said to be autobiographical. The premiere was in Budapest in 1889, performed by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra under the title "Symphonische Dichtung in zwei Teilen" (symphonic poem in two parts). In following performances the piece was titled "Titan, eine Tondichtung in Symphonie-form." When the piece was published in 1899, it became Symphony No. 1. Mahler's Symphony contains four movements and features a variety of string, woodwind, percussion and brass instruments.

The Symphony Orchestra is a sixty-member student ensemble performing the symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The ensemble presents an on-campus concert each semester, performs annually in a tour of high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota, accompanies one fully-staged opera or musical play each year, and is one of the featured ensembles at UW-Eau Claires nationally-acclaimed Viennese Ball each spring.

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. The Symphony Orchestra concert will have reserved seating.

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