UW-Green Bay, CL 815
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Last update: 4/21/08
For Immediate Release:
Space scientist will collaborate in UW-Green Bay
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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