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Wind ensemble to perform on Friday in Kenai

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The University of Alaska Wind Ensemble will play a free concert at noon Friday at Kenai Central High School's Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

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The program will feature historic masterworks from 1943-1956 for wind band by John Ireland, Bernard Heiden, William Grant Still, and Peter Mennin. Featured soloist will be UAA Saxophone Instructor Rick Zelinsky in Diversion for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Heiden.

This concert is presented as part of the UAA Wind Ensemble's Fall Tour 2011.

Zelinsky is a saxophone artist and teaches saxophone at UAA and also sixth-grade band in the Anchorage School District. He performs regularly at Anchorage's SubZero, Sullivan's and the Tap Root and is the founder and director of the state's popular summer band program.

Wolbers is Professor of Music at UAA where he serves as Division Head for Wind and Percussion Studies, Conductor of the University Wind Ensemble and professor of clarinet. Wolbers participates annually in the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Music Festival, and is a founding member of the UAA faculty trio Alaska Pro Musica.

The UAA Wind Ensemble is dedicated to presenting outstanding public performances of the most significant repertoire written for wind band. As cultural ambassadors of UAA, the Wind Ensemble annually engages in a Fall Tour of performances throughout Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. In the spring, the Wind Ensemble participates in the annual Symphony of Sounds scholarship concerts, and presents performances in Mat-Su, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, and at UAA Commencement. UAA students pursuing degrees in music make up the core of the ensemble. The remaining chairs are awarded through auditions to talented university students who are not music majors, along with community and high school musicians who wish to explore new musical experiences.

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