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Campus concerts: Bach to Bartholomew.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Music by such well known figures as Bach and Copland as well as by avant-garde composer Noyes Bartholomew and UO composition students takes the spotlight during the four concerts set this week at the University of Oregon School of Music, 961 E. 18th Ave.

The Oregon Wind Ensemble, directed by Associate Professor Robert Ponto, will perform at 3 p.m. today in Beall Concert Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens.

The program includes Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst, "Come, Sweet Death" by J.S. Bach, "Spiel fuer Blasorchester" by Ernst Toch, Variations on "Mein Junges Leben hat ein' End" by Jan Sweelinck, "Visionplace of Souls" by Oregon composer Kevin Walczyk, Variations on a Shaker Melody by Aaron Copland and "Blue Shades" by Frank Ticheli.

Ponto will be assisted by graduate conductors Emmett McCutchenne and Grant Linsell.

The UO Campus Band and Campus Orchestra will share a concert at 6 p.m. today in Beall Hall. Admission is free.

The Campus Band, directed by graduate teaching fellows Paul Cummings and Ann Musco, will play Flourish for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Hymn for Band by Hugh Stuart, Variation Overture by Clifton Williams, Fanfare, Ode and Festival by Bob Margolis, "Moorside March" by Gustav Holst and Cajun Folk Songs II by Frank Ticheli.

The Campus Orchestra, directed by Franklin Alvarez, will play String Symphony No. 8 by Felix Mendelssohn, Dances of Transylvania by Bela Bartok, "Bist du bei mir" by Bach and Two Elegiac Melodies by Evard Grieg.

The Oregon Percussion Ensemble, directed by Professor Charles Dowd, will play avant-garde classical percussion works in a program titled "War & Peace" at 8 p.m. Monday in Beall Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens.

The program includes "Like Wind on the Buffalo Grass: In Memoriam Crazy Horse," a work commissioned by the Oregon Percussion Ensemble in 1980 from New York composer Noyes Bartholomew. Written for 12 percussionists, the piece depicts Custer's last stand and the historic battle of Native Americans against the U.S. Cavalry.

"Like Wind on the Buffalo Grass" covers the stage with more than 100 classical and native percussion instruments, including "found" instruments such as 24 bundles of tall prairie grass, dipped-water effects and wind sounds made by blowing across bottle tops. The Oregon Marimba Quartet will play Daniel Levitan's Marimba Quartet, originally composed for the Manhattan Marimba Quartet. The Oregon quartet consists of percussionists W. Sean Wagoner, Tracy Freeze, Charles Dowd and Brian Gardiner.

UO trumpet professor George Recker will make a cameo appearance, playing "Peace" by Horace Silver in a new arrangement for two classical marimbas and flugelhorn.

The program also includes "Intrusions" for 10 percussionists by John Serry and a marimba solo featuring doctoral student Tracy Freeze, playing "Gawain, Gawain" from the award-winning classical marimba piece "Merlin."

The Oregon Composers Forum will present new music by UO composition students at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Beall Hall. Admission is free. Selections include "The Warped Toy Committee" by Chris Moore for violin, cello, clarinet and piano; "Incursion" by Brian Bice for bass trombone; 5 Vignettes for Flute and Celesta by Micah Hayes; Trio for Trumpet, Viola and Piano by Nate Brown; "Hidden Word #18 from the Persian" by Brett Wartchow for soprano, flute, violin and piano; "Jeering at the Maw" by Ben Hunter for violin, cello, clarinet and piano; String Trio for violin, viola and cello by Jeremy Jennings; and "HPC for Sax Quartet" by Erik Ferguson.

For more information about these concerts, or a complete calendar of events, call the UO music school weekdays at 346-5678. To confirm concert information, call GuardLine at 485-2000 and select category 2533 for a recording about the week's events.
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Date:Nov 24, 2002
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