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Two symphony band, orchestra events set for UWRF

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls presents the Symphony Band and University Bands in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Photo by Kathy Helgeson

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls presents the Symphony Band and University Bands in concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Directors Kris Tjornehoj and Gary Bird host internationally acclaimed cornet soloist Harmen VanHoorn with composer Stan Nieuwenhuis. A world premier of Nieuwenhuis' "Postcards from Ellis Island" will feature Paris Opera member VanHoorne as soloist with the Symphony Band. Other music includes L'Effet Divers by Nieuwenhuis featuring four movements reflecting real stories of living in Belgium.

"Highly inventive, innovative and evocative music" said The Brass Herald magazine writer John Maines about Nieuwenhuis.

The University Band will fill the holiday cheer with "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "A Festive Christmas" by Kenny Bierschenk. This program is at Abbott Concert Hall with tickets available at the door: $8 for adults, $5 seniors and $2 students with ID.

The St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra performs 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus. This concert features former New York Metropolitian Opera singer Margaret Jane Wray in "Christmastide" by English composer Donald Fraser. Guest cornet player Harmen VanHoorne will perform "Carnival of Venice" by Arbans. A world premier of "Fantastiqe" by Stan Nieuwenhuis will be performed by Natalia Moiseeva, violin and friends from the Minnesota Orchestra. Other selections include "Christmas at the Movies," "A Christmas Festival," "Bugler's Holiday," "Sleigh Ride" and "Carol of the Bells."

This program is at Abbott Concert Hall with tickets available at the door: $8 for adults, $5 seniors and $2 students with ID.

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