End-of-the-year concerts scheduled

April 24, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Students and faculty from University of Wisconsin-Platteville will perform their end of the year concerts to high schools around Wisconsin Thursday, April 25 through Friday, April 26.

“Some of the high schools we are performing at, we will play for the entire student body, and others, just for the school bands,” said Barry Ellis, director of the bands at UW-Platteville. Thursday, April 25, the touring ensemble will travel to Cuba City High School in Cuba City, Wis., Wisconsin Heights High School in Black Earth, Wis., and perform with Oshkosh West High School students, in Oshkosh, Wis. Friday, they will travel to Beaver Dam High School, in Beaver Dam, Wis., and Oregon High School in Oregon, Wis.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will conclude its spring tour with a concert on Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the UW-Platteville Center for the Arts.

“This is my favorite time of year,” said Matthew Gregg, associate director of the bands at UW-Platteville, and director of the Marching Pioneers. “These concerts really make the end of the year come together and showcase UW-Platteville students hard work.”

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform the following nine pieces; the longest of them is no more than ten minutes. The first portion of the concert will be conducted by Gregg and sung by Susan Savage Day, UW-Platteville assistant professor of voice, vocal pedagogy and musical theatre;
Rebekah Demaree, UW-Platteville lecturer in music, and Emily Hackl, a senior music major from Fond du Lac, Wis., “Noisy Wheels of Joy” by Eric Whitacre; “His Honor” Henry Fillmore; “Candide Suite” by Leonard Bernstein, Make Our Garden Grow adapted by Clare Grundman; “Symphonie Fantastique” Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz, March to the Scaffold, transcribed by R. Mark Rogers, Gregg’s world premiere of his piece “In God’s Name.”

“I wrote, “In God’s Name,” for the orchestra in 2009,” said Gregg. “It’s never been performed until now. I am proud to hear our faculty perform it. This is my passion, and this piece came from the heart.”

After the intermission Keith Lienert, UW-Platteville jazz studies professor will perform, “Concerto for Marimba” Ney Rosauro Despedida, on the Marimba. Matthew Gregg will conduct
“Early Light” by Carolyn Bremer. 

The student conductor competition winner, Abigail Colby, a senior music major from Arena, Wis, will conduct “The Music Makers” by Alfred Reed. To conclude the second portion of the concert, Lienert will perform “Riffs” by Jeff Tyzik, on drumset.

The Jazz I Ensemble students will perform “Count Bubba” by Gordon Goodwin; “Cute” by Neal Hefti; “All of Me” by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks, arranged by Thad Jones; “A Time for Love” by Johnny Mandel and P.F. Webster, arranged by Hank Levy; “Incredible Journey” by Bob Mintzer; “Brookyln” by Nat MacIntosh, arranged by Kevin Dolfin; “Hunting Wabbits” by Gordon Goodwin; “Live and Let Die” by Paul and Linda McCartney, arranged by Robert Curnow.


Written by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, mcguinee@uwplatt.edu

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