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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 21, 2008

Space scientist will collaborate in UW-Green Bay
'Sun, Moon and Stars' concert

GREEN BAY-"Sun, Moon and Stars" is the theme of a concert by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Kevin Collins conducts both groups.

The performance will feature planetary geologist and NASA scientist Aileen Yingst in contemporary composer Libby Larsen's "Introduction to the Moon" performed by the Symphonic Band. Yingst will read moon-related poems during several intervals in which the composer instructs the musicians to improvise. Poets represented include Alfred Lord Tennyson, Billy Collins, Carl Sandburg, Gary Snyder and others. Projected moon images selected by Yingst will add a visual element to the performance. Yingst, who is director of the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium based at UW-Green Bay, works with NASA to identify rocks and geological features on Mars, and also operates cameras on the Mars rover Spirit. She was part a recent Spirit mission conducted by the first all-woman team of scientists.

The Symphonic Band will perform another work that celebrates adventure and exploration, Frances McBeth's "Of Sailors and Whales," based on Herman Melville's classic "Moby Dick."

Yingst also selected images to accompany a performance by the Wind Symphony of Arnold Rosner's "Eclipse." That group also will present the first movement of Kent Kennan's Sonata for Trumpet and Wind Symphony featuring Adam Gaines who joined the UW-Green Bay music faculty last fall.

In addition to performances by the UW-Green Bay groups, more than 100 high school students who received top honors on solo performances at district music festivals will perform as the UW-Green Bay All-Star Honor Band after spending the day at UW-Green Bay in clinics, lectures and rehearsals. The students, representing 22 schools, will be conducted by James Saker, director of bands at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Gaines also will perform with the Honor Band on Rhapsody for Flugelhorn and Symphonic Band by Sammy Nestico.

Honor Band participants will come from high schools including: Algoma, Appleton East, Ashwaubenon, Berlin, Bonduel, Denmark, Green Bay East, Howards Grove, Iola-Scandinavia, Manitowoc Lincoln, Manitowoc Roncalli, Menominee Indian District, N.E.W. Lutheran, Pulaski, Reedsville, Reedsburg, Rhinelander, Sheboygan Falls, Shiocton, Southern Door, and White Lake, and Antigo Middle School.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The numbers for tickets are (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587.

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