Sunday, Jan. 31 — UO Ensemble: The University Symphony

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By Mark Furman

Event Details

Date: January 31, 2009

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Beall Concert Hall, 961 E. 18th Ave.

Adult Price: $7 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens

Organization: University of Oregon

Event Description

The University Symphony, conducted by Professor Wayne Bennett, will perform at 3 p.m. in Beall Concert Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are $7 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens. The program includes “Suites 1 and 2 for Small Orchestra” by Stravinsky; Suite from “The Incredible Flutist” by Walter Piston; and “Serenade for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra” (1999) by Bruce Miller, featuring faculty saxophonist Idit Shner as the soloist. Composer Bruce Miller will be in attendance for the performance.

Saxophonist Idit Shner is assistant professor of jazz and classical saxophone. Shner holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University, a master’s degree in music education from University of Central Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. She joined the UO music faculty in 2005. An active performer of both jazz and classical music, Shner has played in distinguished venues in the United States and abroad, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York. She has recently performed at the Northwest Percussion Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, and North American Saxophone Alliance convention.

Composer Bruce Miller was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his “Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra,” and received the Henry Mancini Prize in Composition in 1984. Dr. Miller serves on the faculties of Fullerton College and the Colburn Conservatory, both in southern California.

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