Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform April 22

April 15, 2015
Symphonic Wind Ensemble

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a concert on Wednesday, April 22, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

The concert is titled “Symphonic Wind Ensemble Tour Concert,” as the ensemble will begin its annual, two-day tour the following day, performing concerts at five schools – three on Thursday, April 23, and two on Friday, April 24. The UW-Platteville Jazz I Ensemble tours with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, but will not play in the Wednesday evening concert.

Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands and professor of music at UW-Platteville, and Matthew Gregg, senior lecturer, associate director of bands and director of the Marching Pioneers at UW-Platteville, will conduct the ensemble performance.

Dr. David Earll, music lecturer at UW-Platteville, will be the tuba soloist on Rolf Wilhelm’s “Concertino for Tuba and Wind Instruments” and “Rumanian Dance” by Dumitru Ionel.

The concert will also feature the winner of the 2015 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition, Victoria Dolfin, who will be conducting “Torque” by composer Mike Forbes.

Additional concert repertoire will include “Festive Overture” by Dmitri Shostakovich; “The Soul Has Many Motions” by John Mackey; and “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” by Karl L. King.

“This tour concert, our final performance of the semester, always features a faculty soloist and a student conductor,” said Ellis. “Dr. Earll will exhibit both the lyrical and sensitive side of the tuba in Wilhelm’s ‘Concertino.’ ‘Rumanian Dance,’ a short work played at a brisk, almost breakneck tempo, will showcase his tremendous technical facility.”

“It’s also a pleasure to feature a student conductor,” said Ellis. “Victoria Dolfin, our principal saxophonist, is the 2015 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition winner. She was selected through audition by a panel of four judges.”

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful band,” said Dolfin. “After performing with the ensemble for so many years, it will be a great experience to be on the other side and conduct a piece composed by a former teacher of mine.”

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind group of the UW-Platteville music department. Membership is by audition and consists of the finest wind and percussion players at the university. The repertoire is carefully chosen to provide a variety of musical experiences from the traditional to the historical to contemporary art literature. There are 50 UW-Platteville students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Students are from a wide variety of disciplines, including music, art, theatre, agriculture, biology, business and engineering, to name a few.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble Tour Concert aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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