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The UW-Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) has the honor to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York at the New York Wind Band Festival February 20th.  However if you can’t catch a ride to New York in time, no worries, UW-Whitewater’s SWE, directed by Glenn Hayes, will be performing a preview concert on Sunday, February 10th at 7:30pm in the Young Auditorium.  The Kettle Moraine High School Symphony Band will also perform on the concert in Whitewater.

SWE in Young Auditorium - photo by Craig Schreiner

photo by Craig Schreiner

Universities typically have to apply to perform at the New York Wind Band Festival but the UW-Whitewater’s SWE was invited without application. The SWE had been invited previous years but had to decline due to timing conflicts. There are 54 students in the SWE cumulating of both undergraduate and gradate students.

Another special part of the Carnegie concert tour will be the world premiere of UW-Whitewater professor Christian Ellenwood’s original piece “if ever there is tomorrow”.   Ellenwood reflects on the origin of the piece, “When Dr. Hayes approached me about a composition for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, he expressed a desire for a work that was expressive and lyrical. At the time of his request, I had been reflecting upon many matters that, for me, are interconnected and emotionally important: my journey of self-discovery as an artist and teacher, the debt of gratitude that I owe to the persons who have loved me and helped me in my path through life, and my attempt to repay this debt by sharing what I have been given with my students, my family, and all whom I love.”   You can hear a preview at the concert on February 10th.

Tickets are $5 for the general public, $4 for over 65, and $3 for UW-Whitewater students with valid ID and those under 18.   Tickets can be purchased by calling 262-472-2222 or in person at the Greenhill Center Box Office, Monday – Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.


Read an additional article about SWE’s Carnegie tour here.