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UVU Wind Symphony Concert To Recall Childhood Memories

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January 29, 2014

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Even though the Utah Valley University Wind Symphony’s upcoming concert is called “Silly Rabbit, This is for Kids,” it’s not just for children. The Feb. 5 concert promises to transport its audience back to their childhood with memories.

Coordinating with the Noorda Regional Theatre Center for Children and Youth for the first time, the concert includes a school matinee at 12:30 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Ragan Theater.

The musicians hope to educate children and youth about what a symphony is and does and what the various instruments are by interacting with the audience and including them in the performance.

“Remember what it was like to be a kid playing with your best friend?” asked David Fullmer, conductor and instigator of the concept. “We hope to bring to mind these aspects of being a child. We’re telling stories with music and actors.” UVU grad and playwright Wendy Gourley will write and perform stories to be acted with much of the music in the concert.

Selections will include “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” by Debussy, during which children will participate in a cakewalk on the stage; “Clarinet Candy” by Leroy Anderson; and “Root Beer Rag” by Billy Joel, to name a few.

Fullmer said the music selection is extremely challenging. The concert is geared toward children, he explained, but the idea is not to talk down to the audience. The members of the Wind Symphony have really had to stretch and grow to master the music, he said.

Tickets can be purchased online at uvu.edu/arts or by calling 801-863-PLAY (7529).

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