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2010.02.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band to Present 'No Shadows' Feb. 23

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Concert Band will open their spring semester performance season Tuesday, Feb. 23, with "No Shadows," a concert featuring internationally recognized guest conductor Janis Purins from Riga, Latvia.  The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Admission is free for faculty and students with a MavCard.  Available at the door, tickets cost $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.

James Saker conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Courtney Snyder directs the University Concert Band.

Purins, the founder and conductor of the University of Latvia Wind Orchestra and the head of Wind Studies at the Latvian Conservatory of Music, served for many years as the principal conductor and music director of the professional ensemble Wind Orchestra Riga.  He will lead the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in the first American performance of composer Anitra Tumsevica's "Libiesu Dziesmas," a setting of Latvian regional folk songs.  Purins also will conduct the University Concert Band in a performance of Latvian composer Peteris Butans's "Livonijas Pils Dejas." 

The inspiration for the program title, "No Shadows," came from a new composition by American composer David Gillingham, "No Shadow of Turning." The Covenant Presbyterian Church Hand Bell Choir will assist in the presentation of this work. 

UNO Department of Music Chair Melissa Berke, soprano, will be the featured soloist on Ron Nelson's "Aspen Jubilee." The program also will include works by Paul Hindemith, Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Himes.

For more information, contact Saker at jsaker@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3446.

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