2008 Fall Concert
The Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra is please to announce its
"Silver Season: Celebrating 25 Years of Making Music"
with a concert on Sunday, October 19th, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. at UW - BC Fine Arts Theatre. Anastasia Traicoff will guest conduct with Professor Robert Baca, Trumpet Studies at UW-Eau Claire, as guest artist.
Anastasia Traicoff is a native of Rice Lake. She attended the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire where she received degrees in Instrumental Music Education, and Choral and Elementary Music Education. She studied trumpet with Professor Robert Baca, voice with Dr. Robert Knight, and piano with Penelope Cecchini. Ana currently teaches k-12 Choral and General Music in the Prairie Farm School District. She also serves as a WSMA adjudicator. She has been a member of a number of area music groups including: The Big Woods Big Band, the Chippewa Valley Symphony, The Chippewa Valley Concert Band, the Red Cedar Symphony, the Northwinds Brass Band, the Communiversity Band, the Dean's List, the Red Barn Theater, and the Red Cedar Chorale. Ana has also been very active in the Northern Star Theater in the areas of instrumental music, choral directing, and onstage performance. Ana currently resides in Rice Lake with her two sons.
Mr. Baca is Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Other duties include teaching Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, directing Jazz Ensembles I & II, and coordinating one of the nation's largest jazz festivals. Mr. Baca's background includes numerous performances in both classical and commercial areas. Mr. Baca has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and is a current member of the Phillip Brunelle "Plymouth Music Series Orchestra" as well as a past member of the popular radio ensemble for Garrison Keilor's "A Prairie Home Companion." He has toured with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett and Mel Torme and numerous others. As a teacher, Mr. Baca works with all levels of students and has served as conductor for many all state honors jazz ensembles. He has performed as a soloist in China, London, Costa Rica and Europe. Mr. Baca directs the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, recognized as one of the premiere jazz ensembles in the United States. In the past decade, the ensemble has toured throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim. In 1991 they performed in China, being recognized as the first jazz ensemble to tour this country since opening its borders to the western world. The ensemble has recorded ten CDs to date. Five CD's were awarded the prestigious Down Beat Award in the "Best Big Band" category. Two were nominated for a Grammy. The ensemble's schedule in the last three years has included performances at the Midwest Band Directors Conference in Chicago, Illinois, the New York Brass Conference in New York City, the Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio Music Educators Conferences, two Northwestern Regional MENC Conferences, and the MENC National Conference. Mr. Baca is a Conn-Selmer clinician and excited about the opportunity to work with any age student.