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2010.10.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present 'A Seat on the Isle'

Omaha - The British are coming to the Strauss Performing Arts Center when the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Chamber Orchestra, conducted by professor Barry Ford, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE), conducted by Dr. James R. Saker and Dr. Courtney Snyder, present the premiere performance of their 2010-2011 concert season: “A Seat on the Isle.”

The program will feature music by some of the most widely known and highly regarded British Isles composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

The concert is Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus, and is open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/students. University students will be admitted free with their MavCard.

The concert will open with the SWE presentation of a new work by Martin Ellerby, Ovation. Other selections to be performed by this group include compositions by Percy Grainger, Kenneth Alford, Philip Sparke and Haydn Wood. The Chamber Orchestra will begin with Prelude on a Welsh Tune “Hyfrydol” by Ralph Vaughn Williams and will present other works by Vaughn Williams and Benjamin Britten.

This concert will include several special features. First, the program will be presented side-by-side with the two ensembles alternating their performances. Additionally, an “exchange” of podiums will occur when the SWE will perform Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold, a piece originally written for orchestra and transcribed by John Paynter for Wind Ensemble. It will be conducted by orchestra conductor Ford, who played the piece in Paynter's Northwestern University group.

The Chamber Orchestra will also perform a piece originally written for Concert Band by Vaughn Williams, that was later transcribed for orchestra by the composer and Gordon Jacob, who was his student at the time, that will conducted by SWE conductor Saker.

And as a grand finale, the audience will be brought “home” with Morton Gould’s popular American Salute, featuring the musicians of both ensembles under the baton of conductor Snyder.

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

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