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Symphony Band, Wind Symphony to perform March 13

RELEASED: March 8, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphony Band and Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Two UW-Eau Claire faculty members as well as a takeoff on a popular "Saturday Night Live" will be featured.

The Symphony Band, conducted by Dr. Phillip Ostrander, associate professor of music, will begin with Tylman Susato's "La Mourisque," Peter Graham's "The Red Machine," Pavel Tschesnokoff's "Salvation Is Created" and David Gillingham's Concerto No. 2 for Marimba & Wind Ensemble, featuring Dr. Jeffery Crowell, associate professor of music, on marimba. Next will be Guy Woolfenden's "Illyrian Dances" and Dana Wilson's "SANG!" The Symphony Band will conclude with Boris Kozhevnikov's Symphony No. 3, "Slavyanskaya."

After a brief intermission, the Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Peter Haberman, assistant professor of music, will begin with Scott McAllister's "More Cowbell!" The first movement from "Popcopy," a work inspired by famous catch phrases, is based on the popular "Saturday Night Live" skit featuring Will Ferrell as a fictional cowbell player for the band Blue Oyster Cult.

When asked about this selection Haberman said, "I spend a lot of time pondering the right repertoire for each concert so the audience, performers and I all have a great experience and the concert becomes more of an event that is interactive than something to sit through," adding that "'More Cowbell!' will open the concert, get their attention, make them laugh and hopefully draw them in for the rest of the hour."

W.A. Mozart's Concerto for Oboe, Movement 1, will follow, featuring Dr. Christa Garvey, associate professor of music, on oboe.

"Dr. Garvey is our oboe professor and an amazing player. We are honored that she is willing to join us and play the Mozart Oboe Concerto with such beauty!" Haberman said.

Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F and Percy Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posy" will follow Garvey's performance. The concert will conclude with Donald Granthams "Baron Cimitiere's Mambo."

The Wind Symphony and Symphony Band are dedicated to the performance of the finest traditional and contemporary works. The ensembles are open to all university students by audition.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $6 for the 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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