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2006.10.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Music Department to Present "Songs of Democracy" Oct. 22

Omaha - The Omaha Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and University Chorus at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will open their 2006-07 season Sunday, Oct. 22, with "Songs of Democracy." The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets are available at the door and cost $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The event is free for those who present a valid UNO MavCard.

The concert will open with Morton Gould's "American Salute." The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by James Saker, and the Concert Choir and University Chorus are under the leadership of Matthew Harden, who recently was appointed director of choral activities at UNO. Erica Neidlinger, associate conductor of the Wind Ensemble, will lead the group in Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs," featuring soprano Teresa Dody, who joined the faculty this year as professor of voice.

The program will include a variety of compositions celebrating American heritage. Both choral groups will perform several works, including William Billings' "Chester" and William Steffe's "Battle Hymn Of The Republic." Two pieces - "The Music Makers" by James Curnow and "Song of Democracy" by Nebraska native Howard Hanson - will feature the combined talents of more than 150 student musicians from all three ensembles.

Special guest conductor Mark Kelly, emeritus director of bands at Bowling Green State University, will conduct the Wind Ensemble on John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis," Pierre LaPlante's "Prospect" and Thomas Knox's "American Pageant." In addition to building one of the finest collegiate band programs in the country, Kelly has served in leadership roles for numerous professional organizations and as president of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, held annually in Chicago.

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

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