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Guest artist recital March 11 to feature music group Ensemble 61

March 9, 2012
 Ensemble 61
Photo by Megan Wilson Ecker
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a guest artist recital featuring the musical group Ensemble 61 at 5 p.m. March 11 in the Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Percussionist Erik Barsness, pianist Matthew McCright and cellist Joel Salvo of Ensemble 61 will perform pieces composed by UW-Eau Claire students.

The recital will open with "Windows," composed by junior Heidi Joosten, Cameron. It will be followed by "Creeping" by senior Cody Christian, Franklin, "Allouez" by senior Peter Diedrick, Milton, and "Industrial Impressions" by senior David Sumner, Fall Creek.

A piece composed by senior Karl Lepp, Eau Claire, called "The Challenge of Bedtime" will be performed, and the recital will conclude with "Prophecy" by senior Phil Reilly, Milton.

Ensemble 61 is a Minnesota-based contemporary music group that brings experimental works to the public through various venues, outreach programs and community events.

Members of the ensemble have performed at the American Academy in Rome, Sonic Fusion Festival in Edinburgh, Bang on a Can in Massachusetts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Soundfield New and Experimental Music Festival in Chicago and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

The ensemble's artists have received several awards, including those from the Fulbright Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, Aaron Copland Fund, Ditson Fund, Minnesota State Arts Board and American Composers Forum.

The group is named in homage to Bob Dylan, and its mission is to present the rich cultural music of the road to those living along the highway.

The guest artist recital is free and open to the public.

For more information about UW-Eau Claire music events, visit the calendar online.

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