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Wind Symphony, Symphony Band concert to feature guest conductor

RELEASED: Nov. 18, 2010

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Eric Rombach-Kendall

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony and Symphony Band will perform their fall concert at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Guest conductor Eric Rombach-Kendall, director of bands for the University of New Mexico, will be featured.

The Symphony Band, conducted by Dr. Phillip Ostrander, associate professor of music, will begin with the joyous "Chorale and Alleluia" by Howard Hanson, "Zephyrus" from Twin Cities composer Mary Ellen Childs and Soichi Konagaya's "Japanese Tune." The Symphony Band will then be conducted by Rombach-Kendall for "Mother Earth — A Fanfare," by David Maslanka and "Cyprian Suite" by Carol Barnett. The final selection will be the humorous and lively "Meta March" by Steven Bryant.

Highlights of the Wind Symphony performance, directed by Dr. Peter Haberman, assistant professor of music, include Scott McAllister's "Zing!" and "Angels in the Architecture," a dramatic interpretation of the conflict between the evil and the divine, featuring vocals by senior music major Meaghan Seubert, Eau Claire. Eric Whitacre's "Ghost Train" will follow.

Rombach-Kendall will then conduct "Commando March," composer Samuel Barber's tribute to the U.S. Air Force, "Colors and Contours" by Leslie Bassett and "Songs Without Words" by Dan Welcher.

The music and theatre arts department at UW-Eau Claire is hosting Rombach-Kendall as an artist-in-residence. He is a professor of music at the University of New Mexico, where he has served as director of bands since 1993 and has conducted and co-produced four recordings on Summit Records. His bands have received national acclaim for performances at national conferences, the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Society of Composers Inc., among others. Rombach-Kendall has commissioned and premiered many works for wind ensemble and concert band, which have been performed by prestigious groups, including the New York Philharmonic on "Live at Lincoln Center" and the U.S. Marine Band The President's Own.

The Wind Symphony is dedicated to the performance of the finest traditional and contemporary wind band literature. This ensemble, which is open to university students by audition, provides members the opportunity to broaden performance and teaching skills by experiencing exemplary literature at the highest level. The group performs at least two concerts each semester and participates in an annual concert tour.

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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