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Symphony Orchestra set to tour Madison area high schools

RELEASED: Oct. 25, 2010

UW-Eau Claire orchestra EAU CLAIRE — The University Symphony Orchestra from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will visit five Madison area high schools as part of its annual fall concert tour Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

A free public concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Performing Arts Center of Sun Prairie High School. The program includes compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich, Modeste Mussorgsky and Maurice Ravel, conducted by orchestra director Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music. Featured will be Dr. Tulio Rondón, cellist and assistant professor of music; and Dr. Verle Ormsby Jr., senior lecturer of music, on French horn.

Rondón started playing cello at an early age and began instructing at the age of 17. He was one of the founding members of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela and currently serves as artistic director for a European baroque ensemble. Rondón also performs with a Sephardic music ensemble. Chamber music experiences have taken him all over the world and he has shared the stage with world-celebrated artists.

Ormsby serves as principal horn for the Chippewa Valley Symphony and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra; is a member of several regional quintets, including the Wisconsin Wind Quintet; and is an active recording studio musician. He has performed with orchestras in Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, Florida and Georgia, including the Walt Disney World Band and Orchestra.

Yasuda began studying violin in Japan at the age of three. He has been an active violin soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Japan. He has been the orchestra director at UW-Eau Claire and the music director of the Chippewa Valley Symphony for nearly 20 years. Yasuda also has been an invited guest conductor in Indiana and Minnesota as well as Germany and Japan, and his music has been broadcast on National Public Radio.

The tour gives high school students the opportunity to meet musicians, work with a university-level conductor and meet faculty who have performed around the world. During the tour, the 60-member ensemble will give performances and work with students. Yasuda will also give small clinics.

Stops are planned in Janesville, Sun Prairie, Oregon, Verona and La Follette.

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