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April 26, 2002

Welsh Composer to Attend UW-RF Performance

World-renowned Welsh composer Hilary Tann will be at UW-River Falls for the performance of her music, at a concert titled "The Power of Nature: Music of Hilary Tann" in the William Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on May 14 at 8 p.m.

Her music will be performed by the UW-RF Concert Choir and St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, along with the River Falls United Methodist Senior Choir, St. Patrick Catholic Church Celebration Choir and UW-RF music faculty members.

Tann is a professor of music and chair of the performing arts department at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. She has been house composer since 1989 for the Oxford University Press, and is an active member of the International League of Women Composers.

Her works, inspired by the deep love of nature she developed as a child growing up in the coal-mining valleys of South Wales, have been commissioned by prominent orchestras and are performed extensively throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

Her most recent work, a three-movement piece called "Sarsen," commissioned by the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra and the community orchestra of Cedar Springs, Utah, is the first she has written for a college/community/youth orchestra. The May 14 program will also include works for choir, chamber music and instrumental solos.

The concert is free and open to the public, but a ticket is necessary to reserve a seat. Call 715/425-3183 for ticket information.

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