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Department of Music

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326

Email: musicdpt@uwyo.edu

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Upcoming Performances

The University of Wyoming Department of Music has a rich and varied schedule of performances throughout the year.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Fine Arts Building is now The Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA)

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UW Symphony: Brazilian Surprises 

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Mystery Tour continues on Thursday, December 5, with a fascinating concert of Brazilian music, named Brazilian Surprises.

Guest conductor Carlos Henrique Costa of Goiânia, Brazil, will be on the podium. Maestro Costa has chosen beautiful and evocative scores, by composers from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century. Yes, there will certainly be Latin-American rhythms, but also an overture that sounds like romantic-period Italian opera. For something a little more familiar to orchestra fans, he’s also chosen four of Dvořák’s folk-inspired Slavonic Dances.

The major work of the evening will be Radames Gnattali’s Sinfonia Popular No. 1, written in Rio de Janeiro in 1956. It combines elements of Brazilian popular music, film scores, serious classical introspection, and South American percussion, all woven into an intriguing four-movement symphony.

The overture to Carlos Gomes’ Il Guarany will begin to concert. Gomes is sometimes called the “Brazilian Verdi” and this overture is far more Italianate than Brazilian.

To add to the festivities, the soloist for the evening is bassoon virtuoso Kaori Uno-Jack, playing the Concertino for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra by Francisco Mignone, an unusual work, with a slow movement full of neo-classical harmonies, followed by a fast romp full of Brazilian dance rhythms. If you question whether the bassoon is a worthy concerto instrument, you will be amazed at the depth of feeling and the brilliant technique this bass woodwind can offer.

Dr. Carlos H. Costa, pianist and conductor, was born in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil. Carlos is Professor of Music at the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil (UFG), coordinator of the Music Graduate Program at UFG, and researcher in the areas of Conducting and of Piano Performance and Group Piano Teaching. In 2012 he published the book Piano em Grupo: Livro Didático para o Ensino Superior and coordinated the II International Meeting of Group Piano held in Goiânia, Brazil. He was president of the International Music Festival at UFG in 2010 and 2011 and the coordinator of the National Research Seminar of UFG since 2014. He first guest conducted the UWSO in fall of 2016, and the orchestra is thrilled to have him back.

Maestro Costa conducts the Academic Orchestra Jean Douliez of UFG and has conducted the UGA Orchestra, the Goiânia Symphony Orchestra, the Unievangélica University Orchestra in Anápolis, among others. As a pianist has performed in Italy, Portugal, the USA and Brazil as a soloist and chamber musician. Carlos also participated as guest piano professor at the Londrina International Festival in 2015 and 2016. He received a Master’s Degree in Piano at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and a DMA in Piano with a minor in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Georgia.

Kaori Uno-Jack has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, earning awards and much recognition. She won the Honor Competition at the University of Colorado twice (2004 & 2007), placed fifth of 137 bassoonists at the 24th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition (2007,) and was a finalist in the Tsuyama Japan International Double Reed Competition (2003). She is a member of award-winning woodwind quintet, Antero Winds, which won first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and a silver medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2008, they were the only US-based semi-finalists at the International Chamber Music Competition in Lyon, France.

Ms. Uno-Jack is a member of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She has played with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, String Music Festival (Steamboat Springs,) and many other ensembles throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Kaori has been Bassoon Instructor and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Rocky Ridge Music Center since 2009. She is also a faculty member at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts and teaches bassoon at UW. She received the Artist Diploma in bassoon performance at the CU in 2009, and graduated from the Aichi Prefecture University of Fine Arts and Music in Japan as one of four outstanding graduating seniors in the class of 2003.

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UW Collegiate Chorale: The Deepening Light  

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
St. Matthew's Cathedral, 3rd and Ivinson

This season brings opportunity for sharing, giving, healing, peace, and strengthening community and the program, “The Deepening Light,” includes a variety of music to highlight these themes. Music from many spiritual traditions serve to connect the program and members of the choir offer their own poetry. The Collegiate Chorale will perform a Sanskrit mantra for light, peace, and truth, "Gamaya." A poignant setting of "There is No Rose" by Don MacDonald provides moments of stillness, and interwoven throughout the program are moments of familiar music that surprise and connect. Following tradition, the concert concludes with candlelight illuminating the church as everyone sings “Silent Night.”

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UW Symphony Gala Holiday Concert: A Real Reel Holiday

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 3:00 p.m.,
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

UW’s annual Gala Holiday Concerts have a Hollywood flavor this year, with a theme of A Real Reel Holiday. Much of the concert is holiday music from films and television, including music from Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Duke Ellington’s jazz version of Nutcracker (broadcast on the TV show Playback). Faculty soprano Maureen Boddicker will be singing White Christmas, and Professors Scott Turpen, saxophone soloist, and Andrew Wheelock, drum set soloist, will be featured in the Ellington medley.

 Want more film/holiday music? Of course! Secret Agent Santa uses familiar carols, but set in the style of spy movie music. Blues for Santa is a jazzy Up on the Housetop and was used in three movies, and Little Saint Nick is a Beach Boys song that was the soundtrack to a Coca-Cola commercial in the 1980s.

The basketball schedule changed after we originally announced the times. To avoid parking conflicts, we’ve switched our performances times. Saturday, December 14th’s concert is now at 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 15th’s is at 7:30 p.m. If you already have a ticket and need to switch to the other day, the box office can accommodate you as long as tickets remain available.

Craig Blumenshine of Wyoming Public Television will be the narrator. The performances will feature the Bel Canto Singers, Civic Chorus, Singing Statesmen, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and members of the UW Jazz Ensembles. Robert Belser, Holly Dalrymple, Michael Griffith, and Nicole Lamartine will conduct. Before the concerts the UW TubaChristmas ensemble will give listeners a delightful concert-before-the-concert in the lobby. As a postlude, organist Punch Williamson will perform his traditional holiday organ suite for the departing audience.

These concerts are always favorites for audiences of all ages, so you are urged to get your tickets as soon as you can.

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Department of Music

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326

Email: musicdpt@uwyo.edu

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