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Wind Symphony concert set for April 28

April 23, 2013
 Brian Diller
Brian Diller
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Wind Symphony will perform at 2 p.m. April 28 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The group, conducted by Brian Diller, assistant lecturer of music, will open the concert with "Canzon XVI" by Giovanni Gabrieli. Gabrieli divides the piece for three distinct choirs, each with unique melodic material. Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto will feature senior Eric Schultz, Green Bay, on clarinet.

Next will be "Passacaglia" by Ron Nelson, a set of continuous variations in moderately slow triple meter built on an eight-measure melody. It is a seamless series of images which move from darkness to light. Percy Grainger's "Gill Song No. 2" is one of the most audacious and forward-moving of all of Grainger's works, with wide-tone scales and irregular rhythms. "Handel in the Strand" by Grainger reflects both Handel and English musical comedy.

The final piece of the evening will be "Lost Vegas" by Michael Daugherty, a musical homage to the composer's earlier days in the city of Las Vegas.

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.