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2009.03.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Salute Sister City Association with Concert

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) premier concert band, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Saker, will celebrate Omaha’s international relationships with “Hands Across the Sea: A Sister Cities Celebration” on Sunday, April 5.

“We’re proud to give this concert,” Dr. Saker said. “UNO musical groups have had the privilege of playing in many of Omaha’s sister cities over the years.”

The concert will open with John Philip Sousa’s march "Hands Across the Sea," written to commemorate America’s international relationships and especially in tribute to the many immigrants who settled the country. The audience will climb aboard (musically at least) the "Orient Express," written by British composer Philip Sparke.

The program will feature a musical selection from each country in which Omaha has a sister city. For example, Soichi Konagaya’s Japanese tune "Under Silver Moonlight," a setting of a folk ballad by Chinese composer Hua Yang’s, and the American premier of "Tipperary Rhapsody," a setting of folk songs from Irish-born composer Fergal Carrol will be presented.

The concert will feature a world premiere performance of "Rhapsody On Music of Stasys Simkus” by Lithuanian composer Jonas Domarkas edited and arranged by Saker. Other works include the landmark symphony for band by H. Owen Reed, "La Fiesta Mexicana," the German march "Old Comrades," and ‘Ile de France’ from Darius Milhaud’s Suite Française .

During the concert a video display of photos from each of the locations in which Omaha has – or is planning to have – an official Sister City relationship. The grand finale, “No Place Like Home” will feature two tributes to America, including Academy Award-winning film composer Bruce Broughton’s American Hero and a rendition of the Carmen Dragon’s setting "America the Beautiful" presented with fireworks.

Tickets for the concert, reception and the Omaha Sister City Association (OSCA) Banquet are available from the OSCA. The reception will begin immediately following the performance and the banquet will be held at 5:30 in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. Tickets for the concert will only be available 45 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. Music will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus.

All proceeds from this program will benefit the Omaha Sister City Association and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble international tour program. For additional information, contact the UNO Bands Office at 402-554-3352 or http://music.unomaha.edu . * *

UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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