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University of Wisconsin-Marshfield / Wood County

Music springs to life with Symphonies, Silliness & Sousa

Date: April 23, 2012

MARSHFIELD–Explore the lighter side of symphony with the Marshfield Symphonic Band, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the UW-Marshfield/Wood County Helen Connor Laird Theatre, 2000 West 5th Street, Marshfield.

“Silliness, Symphony and Sousa,” sponsored by the Laird Endowment Fund for the Arts, will feature music from “The Lord of the Rings” symphony, a Sousa selection and more.

The evening kicks off with “Pacific Commemoration,” which opens with a sweeping fanfare, followed by a stately hymn tune. “This haunting and freely moving section gives way to a return of the opening fanfare and a glorious final hymn chorus,” said Richard B. Brunson, conductor and assistant professor of music.

Continuing the evening’s theme, we venture into the music reminiscent of classic scenes from “The Lord of the Rings.”  The selection for the concert is “Gandalf,” from Symphony No. 1 of “The Lord of the Rings,” written between 1984 and 1987 by Johan de Meij.  This selection explores the aspects of the wizard Gandalf and his role as guide and mentor to the Fellowship tasked with destroying the evil One Ring. “The movement opens with a stately motif depicting his wisdom and nobility. A middle allegro section evokes Gandalf’s wild rides on the powerful horse Shadowfax,” Brunson said.

A familiar face will join the concert for “Glory of the Yankee Navy” by John Philip Sousa. “We welcome back Robert Johanek, Marshfield Civic Band director, and founder of the annual Sousa Concerts.  This piece is a nod to the Sousa concert tradition,” Brunson said.

Tickets are $7.  The Campus Box Office is open 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and one hour before performances. To order tickets, call 715-389-6534 or Continuing Education 715-389-6520.

For more than 40 years, the UW-Marshfield/Wood County Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band have presented outstanding concerts featuring the finest in traditional and contemporary orchestral literature. The performing season features guest artists, as well as a "Pops" concert. The orchestra and band includes students and community members.

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