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2007.10.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Department of Music to Present "Celebration" Oct. 28

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir and University Chorus will open their 2007-08 season with a concert, "Celebration," Sunday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tickets cost $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door. Anyone with a UNO MavCard can attend for free.

"Celebrations" features the combined talent of more than 120 vocalists and 50 wind players. With text by Walt Whitman, "Celebrations" for wind ensemble and chorus is considered by many to be one of the finest works by American composer Vincent Perschetti, although it is rarely performed because of the demanding scoring for both the wind players and the singers, according to the event's press release.

The concert will open with a new composition by Mark Camphouse, a celebration fanfare. The new work of British composer Philip Sparke, "Out of the Darkness, Into the Night," and Roger Nixon's Spanish celebratory composition "Fiesta del Pacifico" complete the Wind Ensemble's portion of the program. James Saker, UNO professor of music, directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Under the direction of Matthew Harden, UNO assistant professor of music, the Concert Choir will perform "This Marriage" by Eric Whitacre, a work composed for his own seventh wedding anniversary, followed by "Zigeunerleben" by Robert Schumann, for gypsy life, and "If Music Be the Food of Love" by Kansas City composer Jean Belmont Ford, which celebrates music and love. The Concert Choir will close with "My Friend Elijah," a new work by Paul Carey that celebrates the prophet Elijah.

The combined choirs and the Wind Ensemble will end the evening with the Carmen Dragon arrangement of "America the Beautiful," one of the most frequently performed musical compositions in the United States.

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

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