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The UNI wind symphony will perform April 18

April 9, 2014

Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator, School of Music, 319-273-2028,

Ronald Johnson, professor, School of Music, 319-273-6058,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will present the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony's last performance of the season at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18, in the Great Hall of Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The concert is offered as a part of the UNI School of Music Spotlight Series.

The performance, conducted by Ronald Johnson, professor in the School of Music, features musical pieces with American, Australian and Japanese roots, and is presented in four parts:

-"Othello," by Alfred Reed, is a Shakespeare-inspired piece featuring a theatrical movement.

-"Gloriosa," by Yasuhide Ito, is a meditative piece inspired by a historical Japanese novel featuring Japanese Taiko drums.

-Three short pieces will feature the full spectrum of tonal colors by Australian composer Percy Aldridge Grainger.

-"Unusual Behavior in Ceremonies Involving Drums," by Daniel Bukvich, is a five-section, unconventional approach to symphony with parts of instruments being removed while played.

Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and $8 for non-UNI students. To order tickets, call the GBPAC box office at 319-273-4849 or visit For additional information about School of Music events, contact Caroline Boehmer at 319-273-2028 or