Symphonic Wind Ensemble to perform April 19

April 11, 2017
Symphonic Wind Ensemble

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform its spring tour concert, “Brilliance,” on Wednesday, April 19, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for general admission and $5 for students.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will begin its annual, two-day tour on April 20, performing concerts at four Iowa schools: Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, and Solon High School in Solon on April 20 and Anamosa High School in Anamosa on April 21.

Dr. David Cooper, associate professor of trumpet and director of Jazz I at UW-Platteville, organized the tour and will conduct the Jazz I performances. 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 Symphonic Wind Ensemble performances.

“This tour concert, our final performance of the semester, always features a faculty soloist and a student conductor,” said Ellis. “Our annual tour, which begins the next morning after this concert, highlights the talented students in both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Jazz I ensemble.”

Highlights of the concert will include “Festival Variations” by Claude T. Smith; “Strange Humors” by John Mackey; “Manhattan Beach” march by John Philip Sousa; “Concerto No. 1 for Trumpet” by James Stephenson, featuring Cooper as soloist; and “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, conducted by Lyrica Daentl, a sophomore music education major at UW-Platteville from Edmund, Wisconsin, and winner of the 2017 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition. Daentl was selected for the honor through audition by a panel of four judges.

“Sharing my love and passion for music is something I have always enjoyed,” said Daentl. “Learning the art of conducting and running an ensemble have been a great way to express my passion of music with fellow talented students.”

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind and percussion group of the UW-Platteville music department, with members chosen by audition. The repertoire is carefully chosen to provide a variety of musical experiences from the traditional to the historical to contemporary art literature. There are 42 UW-Platteville students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and 19 UW-Platteville students in Jazz Ensemble I. Students are from a wide variety of disciplines, including music, art, theatre, agriculture, biology, business and engineering, to name a few.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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