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Wind Symphony concert slated for May 8

RELEASED: May 3, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony will perform at 5 p.m. May 8 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The group, conducted by Dr. Peter Haberman, assistant professor of music, will welcome guest conductor Dr. Phillip Ostrander, associate professor of music, for a performance of Michael Hennigan's "Jubilee." Haberman is looking forward to student and faculty involvement in this performance.

"This spring concert's all about collaboration for me," Haberman said.

Ostrander said the "upbeat, syncopated and energetic piece" will feature nearly everyone in the ensemble for very short solo bursts. He noted that Hennigan blends counterpoint and harmony, which creates an American style and sound.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to make music as a guest conductor with the Wind Symphony," Ostrander said. "I'm particularly looking forward to listening to the small wind chamber ensembles featured in the concert."

Among other compositions, the Wind Symphony also will perform "Concerto for Alto Saxophone," composed by Ingolf Dahl and featuring the 2011 Concerto Competition winner Tyler Anderson, a senior from Eagan, Minn., on saxophone.

"He's just a phenomenal player," Haberman said.

J.S. Bach's "Fantasia in G Major" will be conducted by senior Mary Claxton from Burnsville, Minn., the 2011 Conducting Competition winner.

The second part of the performance, Haberman said, will take the audience on a journey, starting with Bach and ending with "Bells for Stokowski," composed by Michael Daugherty.

Tickets, available online and 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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