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Oct. 30, 2003

Holiday Concerts, Plays Set at UW-RF

The spirit is upon the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as it embarks upon the holidays with events and entertainment. The festivities begin in early December with events sponsored by the music and theatre departments, along with Wyman Series performances.

Six concerts will be held by the music department. All performances are free and open to the public. One requires advance tickets.

December concerts will begin with Patti Cudd directing the New Music and Percussion Ensemble on Dec. 2, at 8 p.m.

The UW-RF Jazz Ensemble Concert will be on Dec. 4, at 8 p.m., directed by David Milne.

The Symphony Band Concert will be on Dec. 4, at 11:30 a.m., with Kristin Tjornehoj conducting.

On Dec. 7 a holiday concert will feature the UW-RF Choirs and St. Croix Valley Community Orchestra. Directing this performance will be J.W. Park, Sarah Parks, Paul Schaefer, and Kristin Tjornehoj. Two performances will be at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. A third performance of the holiday concert will be on Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. There is no charge for these concerts but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the UW-RF box office located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. They will be available to the general public from Nov. 2-14 and from Dec. 1-5. Box office hours are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The musical spectacles will end on Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. with the Symphony Band Concert, conducted by Kristin Tjornehoj.

All concerts are performed in William Abbott Concert Hall, located in Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. For more information, contact the music department at 715/-425-3183, or email them at

On Dec. 9 the UW-RF Wyman Series brings the improvisation and spontaneity of the JAZZAZ Saxophone Quartet to the William Abbott Concert Hall at 8 p.m. The JAZZAX Saxophone Quartet performs unique and original material by its members, newly composed works for saxophone quartet, as well as classic jazz repertoire arranged for four saxophones.

This engaging concert features the musical talents of David Milne, Michael Walk, Pete Whitman, and Greg Keel. Guest artists for this performance are Laura Caviani on piano and Phil Hey on drums. The Wyman Series events are free to UW-RF students with a valid UW-RF ID, and $5 for non-students. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, contact the Leadership Center at 715/-425-4911.

Celebrations would not be complete without the familiar Dickens' tale "A Christmas Carol" being told. Mark Landon Smith uses his creativity and talent in his version, "A Dickens' Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty In Two Tumultuous Acts."

Performances will be on Dec. 9-13 at 8 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre, located in Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Tickets will be available at the box office two weeks before the production. Prices are $7 for adults and $3 for students, seniors, and children.

The Dickens classic novel is to be performed by the Styckes-Upon-Thump Repertory Company, a merry troupe of over-the-hill and upstart actors. The company's diva feigns illness, certain the production would be canceled, but to her surprise the show does go on! To find out what happens when her understudy suddenly finds herself on stage only knowing one line, go see this delightful play.

For more information, contact the University Theatre Box Office at 715/-425-3114, or 800/-228-5423.


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