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2006.03.24> For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam- University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble Benefit April 2

Omaha - The Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will hold a silent auction and concert March 31-April 2 to benefit its fifth international tour. Fifty students and faculty will depart Omaha May 5 for a tour of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Norway. Although the tour is supported by UNO, the majority of funds is the responsibility of the tour participants and is supplemented through fund-raising projects like the silent auction.

Students, faculty, staff and the public can view and bid on items in a silent auction in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) foyer at UNO according to the following schedule — Friday, March 31, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to Noon; and Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. Auction items are also viewable online at http://www.unobands.com.

The benefit concert will begin at 3 p.m. April 2 in the SPAC Recital Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the concert. Following the concert, the silent auction winners will be announced and a reception will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor’s Room.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will open its international tour this spring with a performance hosted by the U.S. Ambassador in Vilnius, Lithuania. The group will then travel to Omaha’s sister city and UNO’s sister university in Siauliai, Lithuania, to perform at the Baltic International Music Festival and perform with the Siauliai University Studium Chorus and the Lithuanian Professional Chorus.

Another UNO sister university will host the ensemble in Riga, Latvia. The final concert in the Baltics will be in Tallinn, Estonia. To celebrate Norway’s Independence Day, the U.S. Ambassador will host a special concert at the Embassy that will be presented with a Norwegian Concert Band. The ensemble will finish its tour in Kristiansand by presenting two concerts hosted by Adger, UNO’s sister university.

For the benefit concert at UNO, “HEY!,” the UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be joined by numerous special guests. The varied program will open with a new composition, Timothy Mahr’s “Hey!”. Soprano soloist Shannon Salyards will perform two Gershwin favorites, “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” while Joseph Turrin’s “Fandago” features Barry Ford on trumpet and Pete Madsen on trombone. Ernst Toch’s “Speil” will be conducted by associate conductor Erica Neidlinger. Francisco Mignonone’s “Concertino” will feature Cynthia Nichols on clarinet and will be conducted by Kevin Kastens from the University of Iowa, who also will conduct his arrangement of Grainger’s “Blithe Bells.”

Tuba soloist William Winkle from Chadron State College will be featured on “Variations on a Cobblers Bench.” It will be followed by a special encore performance featuring tubists Craig Fuller from the Omaha Symphony and Mark Barnette from the ACC Heartland of America Band. The ensemble will be featured in the composition of Mark Camphouse, “Yosemite Autumn,” and will conclude with Alfred Reed’s “Symphony No. 3.”

Individual tickets to the April 2 concert are $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All UNO students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a valid ID. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, call (402) 554-3427.

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