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Thursday Wind Symphony Features Harpist, Brass Quintet

November 2, 2010 — The UW Wind Symphony will feature UW harp instructor Connie Wallace in two works for harp and wind ensemble Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts concert hall.

Wallace performs regularly with the Wyoming Symphony and the UW Symphony. This is her first performance as featured soloist with the university's premiere band. She will perform Clare Grundman's "Nocturne for Harp and Wind Ensemble" as well as the popular "Irish Tune from County Derry" -- better known as "Danny Boy."

"It has been a true joy working with Connie toward this performance," says conductor Robert Belser. "Her musical playing has even had some of the band members missing entrances in rehearsals as they are so taken in by her wonderful playing."

The newly formed UW Faculty Brass Quintet will be featured on the second half of the concert. The quintet features brass faculty Scott Meredith, trumpet; Mark Rabideau, trombone; Jason Johnson, horn; Charlie Ortega, tuba; and brass area graduate assistant Jamie Karp, trumpet.  

These artists will solo on a new work for quintet and band arranged for the famous Canadian Brass Quintet and the Eastman Wind Ensemble of music form Leonard Bernstein's MASS.

Perhaps the most interesting repertory on the program will be the Wyoming premiere of Frank Ticheli's "Angels in the Architecture" - a composition based on and first performed last year at the Sydney Opera House by an all-Australian band.  

The performance will feature playing of wine goblets, whirlies (ribbed tubing spun overhead by the percussionist creating a whistling sound), the band members singing and energetic jazz-influenced playing. This work also features student soprano soloists Jennifer Erickson, Anne Schatz and Jennifer Hankins. The concert will also present a Sousa march and close with the classic band toe tapper, "Armenian Dances."

UW harp instructor, Connie Wallace, will perform with the UW Wind Symphony Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center concert hall.

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