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Symphony Orchestra performance to feature faculty soloists

RELEASED: Nov. 2, 2010

Symphony Orchestra performingEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The performance will feature Dr. Tulio Rondón, assistant professor of music, on cello; and Dr. Verle Ormsby Jr., lecturer of music, on French horn.

Under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, the University Symphony Orchestra will perform Dmitri Shostakovich's "Festive Overture," op. 96, and Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, op. 107. The performance of Cello Concerto No. 1 will feature Ormsby on French horn and Rondón on cello. The piece features a musical duel between the orchestra and the soloists.

"In this concerto, the orchestra, cello solo and French horn solo, argue, quarrel and fight, but also express sympathy," said Yasuda. "This is a living voice of the composer, Shostakovich, who has lived through the reign of terror under Stalin in the Soviet Union."

The second half of the concert will feature Maurice Ravel's arrangement of Modeste Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Rondón was born in Venezuela. At the age of 17 he was appointed to be a cello teacher at the Simón Bolivar Conservatory. As one of the founding members of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, Rondón served as principal cellist for six years.

Rondón holds a bachelor's degree from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, a master's degree from Miami University and a doctorate from the University of Arizona. He joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2008. Rondón is the artistic director of the European-based baroque ensemble L'incontro Antico and a founding member of the Sephardic music ensemble Me la Amargates Tú.

Ormsby, a St. Louis, Mo., native, is director of the Noon-Time Corner Horner Horn Ensemble and a member of the UW-Eau Claire faculty brass quintet and the Wisconsin Wind Quintet. He serves as principal horn for the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the Cedar Valley Brass Quintet.

Ormsby holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University and master's and doctoral degrees from Ball State University. He is a longtime member of the International Horn Society, has served on the board of the American Horn Competition and is a horn clinician for Conn-Selmer Horns.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $6 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.

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