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March 8, 2002

UW-RF Wind Ensemble Performs Spring Concerts

The UW-River Falls Wind Ensemble will perform spring concerts on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. and Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on the campus of UW-RF. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The March 17 concert will feature the trombone solos of faculty artist Rick Gaynor, who is a lecturer and director of the brass ensemble for the UW-RF music department. Gaynor will perform "Cameos" by Gordon Jacob and the favored Meditation from "Thais."

Repertoire for the concert includes, "O How Shall I Receive Thee: American Civil War Fantasy;" Bernstein's "Almighty Father, Early Light" by Carolyn Bremer; Dana Wilson's "Dance of the New World;" and "Fanfare for the New," a Stan Kenton Orchestra favorite.

The Wind Ensemble has distinguished itself at home and abroad. The 45-member ensemble, which is open by audition only to UW-RF students, draws talent from throughout the Midwest. Director Kristin Tjornchoj, in her eighth year as director of bands at UW-RF, holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Tjornehoj is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the Midwest.

For the May 16 concert, the wind ensemble will premiere three works written for the group: "In Ancestral Realm" by Craig Naylor; "Trajoudi Kai Xopos" by Paul Hendrickson; and the love theme from "Spartacus" by Khachataturian.

The Medalist Concert Band, an adult community band from Bloomington, Minn., that is celebrating it 33rd season this year, will also perform. For further information, call 715/425-3183.

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