Silent movies, ‘Star Wars’ part of UW-Whitewater concert
WHITEWATER The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Music present a unique concert performed by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The concert’s material is dedicated to movies dating back to the late 1920s, and also includes music from the original "Star Wars" trilogy. The concert is on Sun., April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Young Auditorium. The concert features two silent films and a preshow talk at 6:30 p.m. with composer Thomas Miller and UW-Whitewater faculty member Linda Robinson.
The ensemble will perform music written for winds, percussion and electronics by Thomas Miller of DePaul University to accompany the viewing of four scenes from the 1926 epic movie, “Metropolis.” “From the Language of Shadows” was commissioned from Huck Hodge of the University of Washington. The work was inspired by F.W. Murnau’s 1926 expressionistic masterpiece of cinema “Faust,” which will be shown during the performance. Also on the program will be a suite from “Howl’s Moving Castle”—a premiere example of Japanese anime film. The concert will close with a five-movement work taken from the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is directed by conductor Glenn Hayes, a professor of music education and conducting at UW-Whitewater. The ensemble tours each spring and has performed by invitation at conventions of the College Band Directors National Conference and the Music Educators National Conference. In February of 2013, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will travel to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Tickets for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert are $5 for the general public, $4 for those over 65, and $3 for those under 18 and UW-Whitewater students. For tickets or more information, call (262) 472-2222 or visit online at http://tickets.uww.edu The concert does come with a warning that visual images are not suitable for small children.