Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony concert at UW-Stevens Point

A concert of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will feature guest conductors Thursday, Dec. 7.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Michelsen Hall at the Noel Fine Arts Center, featuring guest resident Onsby Rose, a doctoral conducting associate at Ohio State University, as well as a student conductor. The wind ensembles are led by Professor Michael Butler, director of bands at UW-Stevens Point.

The Wind Symphony will perform Rose's "Heroes from the Sea," a fanfare dedicated to those who serve in the Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. Casey Urbanek, a junior majoring in music education, will conduct "On This Bright Morning" by David Maslanka. The symphony will also play "National Emblem March by Edwin Bagley and "Mannin Veen" by Haydn Wood, inspired by folk tunes from the Isle of Man on the Irish Sea.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform "Huldigungsmarsch" by Richard Wagner, and Rose will conduct a traditional arrangement of "Amazing Grace." The ensemble will also perform "The Circus Bee" by Henry Fillmore and "Poema Alpestra" by Franco Cesarini, written for the 50th anniversary of Richard Strauss' death and mirroring the late composer's works.

Rose is the music director and conductor of The Brass Band of Appalachia and a contributing editor for The Instrumentalist magazine. He won the Dallas Wind Symphony fanfare competition. He wrote "Heroes Suite" through a commission with the U.S. Air Force Band.

Concert tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for UW-Stevens Point students, faculty and youth and free the day of the concert for students with a UW-Stevens Point I.D. if not sold out. Tickets are available at the University Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center, by calling 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378 or at Tickets also may be purchased at the door if available. Proceeds benefit student scholarships.

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