2010.12.03> For Immediate Release
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UNO Concert Bands Present ‘Prevailing Winds X’
Omaha - For the tenth consecutive year, warm winds will fill the Strauss Center Recital Hall as the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Concert Band present their annual “Prevailing Winds” concert. James R. Saker, director of Bands and Courtney Snyder, assistant director of Bands, will conduct the program that begins Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.
The Wind Ensemble will start their portion of the program with one of the earliest composition for winds, “Occident and Orient,” written by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens in 1869. Other works on their portion of the program include Fisher Tull’s “Sketches on A Tudor Psalm.” Composed by James Barnes for the United States Marine Band, every section of the Wind Ensemble will be featured in a set of variations on one of the most recognizable themes ever created by the virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini. This portion of the program will conclude with a presentation of the “Finale of the Romantic Symphony” from one of America’s best known and highly regarded composers, Nebraska native Howard Hanson.
The concert will conclude with the Concert Band performing three unique pieces. A festive piece from James Curnow, “Fanfare and Flourishes,” and an introspective work, “Daydream,” by Timothy Mahr will be presented. “Rollo Takes a Walk” a clever, tongue-in-cheek piece, by David Maslanka also will be performed.
Tickets for “Prevailing Wind X” are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and free with a UNO MavCard. Tickets will be available at the door. For additional information contact the University Bands Office at (402) 554-3352.
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