Symphonic Wind Ensemble explores wind soloists and wind band music of distinction Nov. 18

November 12, 2012

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will give a free concert celebrating wind soloists and wind band music on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall. Dr. Barry Ellis, UW-Platteville director of bands, and Matthew Gregg, UW-Platteville associate director of bands, are conducting.

The event features two student flute soloists, Megan Whiteman and Sarah Mathew, and solos by faculty saxophonist, Allen Cordingley.

Whiteman and Mathew, both music majors, won the inaugural Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia/Symphonic Wind Ensemble concerto competition, which was held last May and included a cash prize and the opportunity to solo with Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The UW-Platteville Omicron Iota chapter of Sinfonia funded the competition.

Whiteman, who is from Dubuque, Iowa, and Mathew, who is from Shannon, Ill., will perform “Andante and Rondo” by Franz Doppler. Ellis said Doppler composed the work in the 19th century for himself and his brother to showcase their talents as flutists.

Cordingley, a UW-Platteville music instructor, will play the solo in selected movements from American composer John Mackey’s “Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble,” which explores the saxophone as a hybrid instrument with attributes that fit into both the brass and woodwind categories.

The program also includes Carl Teike’s “Old Comrades,” which Ellis called “one of the all time great Austrian marches,” Percy Grainger’s multi movement masterpiece “Lincolnshire Posy” and Anthony Iannaccone’s two movement work “After a Gentle Rain.” The Iannaccone piece will be conducted by Gregg.

For more information, contact Ellis at (608) 342-1017 or

Contact: Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1017,

Written by: Barbara Weinbrenner, communications specialist, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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