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Jason Ham to perform at UWRF

February 21, 2013

Jason Ham, 1st Sgt. and Euphonium soloist for the West Point Military Band, will be in residence at UW-River Falls from Feb. 25-28. Ham will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in William Abbott Concert Hall.

Ham will be joined by pianist Min Jung Kim, Gary Bird on the tuba, and a brass quintet as they present a variety of selections for audience enjoyment.

Selections will include “Concerto for Euphonium in B flat” by Dominique Roggen; “Suite for Euphonium, Tuba and Piano” by Barbara York; “Chopsticks” by Brandon Ridenour and brass quintet selections of Elegie by Peter Meechan; and “Kaleidoscopic Overdrive” by Ben McMillan.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, Ham will perform a premier of the “UFO Concerto” by Dutch composer Johan De Meij with the UWRF  Symphony Band.

This event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the William Abbott Concert Hall with a collaborative euphonium/tuba ensemble of excellent players from Minnesota and Wisconsin, plus the Symphony Band led by Kristin Tjornehoj, and the University Band, Gary Bird, director.

This exciting event will feature Ham with all ensembles. The Symphony Band will perform “Pacific Commemoration” by Mark Camphouse, and “Neath the Dublin Skies for Euphonium” and band by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, arr. Douglas Richard.

The University Band will host Ham in “Rhapsody for Euphonium and Concert Band” by James Curnow. Other selections include “Grace and Glory” by Jack Stamp; “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor; and “American Variations” by Bilik.

The Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble will play “Washington Post March” and “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner plus “Broadway Limited” by Gregory Fritze.

Admission cost is $5.00 adults, $3.00 for seniors and $2.00 for students.  Contact director Kristin Tjornehoj for further information:  715-410-7416, by email at kristin.tjornehoj@uwrf.edu, or visit the website at http://uwrf.edu/music/instrumental.