Nov. 21, 1996
Wind Ensemble Concert Dec. 12
The UW-River Falls Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a special concert featuring guest conductor John Zdechlik on Thursday, Dec. 12.
The concert is set for 8 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. This concert is free and open to the public.
Works to be performed include Zdechlik's Prelude and Fugue, Rondo Capricco, St. Croix Suite, Grand Rapids Suite, and more. These highly origional works reflect the influences of American folk music and European artistic style combined in a pleasing balance.
Director Kris Tjornehoj conducts the UW-RF Symphonic Wind Ensemble. This 42-member ensemble consists of university students who are selected through audition. Tjornehoj is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and the University of Minnesota. She taught in the Hudson Public Schools for 12 years before joining the UW-RF faculty in 1992 where she now teaches conducting and music education.
Zdechlik is a native of Minneapolis. He earned his doctorate in theory and composition from the University of Minnesota where he studied with Paul Fetler and Frank Bencriscutto. Since 1970, Zdechlik has written numerous commissioned and published works for high school and college concert bands. His works are frequently performed in around the world.
Zdechlik teaches theory and directs the instrumental music program at Lakewood Community College in White Bear Lake. He is recognized among the jazz community as a prominent director and instigator of jazz music and has gained a reputation throughout the area and nationally for his superb concerts and directorship of the Lakewood Community College jazz ensemble.
For more information or to be added to the UW-RF music department mailing list, call 715/425-3183.