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2012.11.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Perform Nov. 15 at Statewide Conference in Lincoln

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) has been chosen to perform for the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) Professional Conference in Lincoln.

The concert will be presented at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Campus. There is no admission charge and the general public is welcome to attend.

Groups for the conference are chosen by a juried process and are eligible to perform only once in a three-year period. This marks the 12th appearance by the ensemble at the annual conference since its conductor, Dr. James Saker, founded the group in 1978.

The repertoire for this performance includes an amazing array of exciting and varied compositions with the theme “Free Spirits!” “Fanfare for a New Era,” a highly charged work by American Composer Jack Stamp that was written for the United States Air Force Band, will open the program. The ensemble will continue with the regional premiere of “In the World of Spirits” by noted film composer Bruce Broughton (“Silverado,” “Young Sherlock Holmes,” and “O Pioneers!”).

Associate Conductor of SWE, Courtney Snyder, Ph.D., will lead the group in “Colonial Song,” a work by Percy Grainger. Faculty artist/instructor of Euphonium Matt Dunsmore will be featured in “Nautical Variations.”

Conductor Saker will continue the program with David Gillingham’s poignant “Be Thou My Vision” which features several of the principal musicians in the ensemble as soloists. Also performed will be Michael Gandolfi’s “Vientos and Tangos” (Winds and Tangos). John Mackey’s challenging piece, “Asphalt Cocktail!” will conclude the performance.

As part of the conference, the SWE also will present a clinic session at 8 a.m. in the Westbrook Music Building on the UNL campus. The clinic will feature outstanding compositions for elementary, middle and high school concert bands. The presentation will include guest conductors from several collegiate and high school bands in Nebraska; as well as UNO faculty and graduate students.

For more information, contact the UNO University Bands office at 402.554.3352.

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