9-11 memorial song part of UW-Green Bay Wind Symphony concert

GREEN BAY — Eric Ewazen’s “A Hymn for the Lost and the Living,” is featured in an upcoming performance by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Wind Symphony on Saturday, Oct. 11

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The work is being studied and performed by the wind symphony in conjunction with the UW-Green Bay Campus Theme, “Waging War, Waging Peace.”

Ewazen was teaching music theory at the Julliard School in Manhattan when the tragic events of September 11 took place not far from the school. He was deeply moved by the transformation of the people of New York City in the days after the disaster, particularly the multitudes of people holding candles, singing songs, and gathering in front of those memorials, paying tribute to those lost, and becoming a community of citizens.

Ewazen composed the hymn in 2002 as a “memorial to those lost souls, gone from this life, but who are forever treasured in our memories.”

The campus-wide Common Theme is a yearlong program designed to engage the campus and community in the ideals of a liberal arts education and the UW-Green Bay interdisciplinary mission. It encourages faculty, staff, students and community members to focus on a general theme from multiple perspectives and have a shared experience with open discussion and critical thinking.

Also featured will be the 2006 composition “Strange Humors,” by John Mackey. The composition blends Middle Eastern modes and melodic structure with an underlying rhythmic accompaniment performed on the hourglass-shaped Djembe, a drum often used in the music of Mali and Guinea. The Djembe will played by UW-Green Bay senior percussion major Brett Walter, Grafton.

Other selections include “Children’s March,” by Percy Grainger, and a transcription of a renaissance work, “Ballo del Granduca,” by Jan Peiterszoon Sweelinck, transcribed by Michael Walters.

The UW-Green Bay Symphonic Band will include performances of popular wind composer Frank Ticheli’s “Fortress,” and John Gibson’s “Resting in the Peace of His Hands,” a work inspired by a relief sculpture of the same name by German expressionist artist Katherine Kollwitz.

Admission to the concert is $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and UW-Green Bay students.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the University Ticketing and Information Center in the University Union, or by calling (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587, or visiting http://www.uwgb.edu/tickets.


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