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2007.04.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Bands to Present "Into the Air" April 27

Omaha - The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will conclude their 2006-07 season with "Into the Air" Friday, April 27. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Recital Hall.

Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and are free to those with a UNO MavCard. Parking for the performance is available adjacent to the SPAC.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Saker, will open the performance with compositions that explore a variety of representations of flight, beginning with Timothy Mahr's "Into the Air."

Next on the program is award-winning composer Eric Ewazen's three movement work, "Flight," followed by English composer Eric Coates' march, "The Dam Busters." "The Dam Busters" was composed for the 1955 motion picture depicting the Royal Air Force's efforts to bomb the German power plants during WWII.

Paul Bissell's "The Alabados Song" will feature marimba soloist Analynn Fassler, a UNO graduate student who earned a bachelor of music degree at the University of Arizona.

University Band Conductor Erica Neidlinger will lead that ensemble in a performance of Bruce Yurko's "Night Dances," Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" and Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Sea Songs." Graduate assistant Conductor Holly Campbell will conduct Percy Grainger's "Australian Up Country Tune."

The concert will conclude with a special tribute to two giants of the band world who recently passed away - Alfred Reed and Frederick Fennell. Guest Conductor Bruce Moss will lead the combined ensembles in a performance of Reed's setting of the Bach chorale prelude "My Jesus, Oh What Anguish" and close with Fennell's edition of the Henry Fillmore march "The Klaxon." Moss is the director of bands at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), the president of the North Central Division of the College Band Director's National Association and, frequently, is a guest conductor of collegiate and professional wind bands throughout the country.

For more information, contact the University Bands office at (402) 554-3352.

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