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Wausau Symphonic Band to host winter concert

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WAUSAU — The Wausau Symphonic Band will hold its winter concert in early February, featuring guest composer James Kuzmic and saxophone soloist Clarke Crandell.

The concert will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church of Wausau, 406 Grant St., under the direction of Patrick Lawrence.

Concertgoers will hear the roots of the modern concert band, from William Schuman’s “Chester” and Alfred Reed’s “First Suite for Band,” to the colorful works of contemporary composers Steven Bryant and Samuel Hazo. The symphonic band will also perform “On This Bright Morning” in commemoration of the late composer, David Maslanka.

In addition, the band will perform the premiere of Kuzmic’s “Beyond the Skies: Revelations Unfold.” Kuzmic is a student at UW-Stevens Point pursuing a music degree in low brass performance. In addition to composing, he is an active musician across central Wisconsin as a performer and conductor. “Beyond the Skies” is Kuzmic’s third completed work during his time at UWSP.

Crandell will be featured on the Puccini-inspired concerto “Tosca Fantasy.”

Tickets are available at the door, with cash, check, or card accepted. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free admission to children younger than 18.

Photo courtesy Wausau Symphonic Band.

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