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Music and theatre arts department to present April Fools' Day Concert

March 20, 2012

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host an April Fools' Day concert, presented by the department of music and theatre arts, at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

"The April Fools' Day concert is an opportunity for the faculty and students to have fun collaborating together and share a full concert of music that displays the lighter side of our art," said Dr. Christa Garvey, associate professor of music and coordinator of the concert. "We hope the audience enjoys the performances as much as we do and we promise a night of good music, antics and fun,"

The recital will open with "Immer Kleiner (A Humorous Fantasy)" by Adolf Schreiner, featuring assistant professors Dr. Melissa Koprowski on clarinet and Dr. Owen Lovell on piano. "Fantasme (Fantasy)" by Marc Gosselin will follow, highlighting guest artist Aurélien Pétillot on viola.

Next will be "Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise" by William Bolcom, featuring soprano vocalist Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music, and Dr. Barbara Young, lecturer of music, on piano. "The Squirrel (Scherzino)" will follow.

"Hornpipe Humoresque" by Noel Rawsthorne will be next, with Dr. Donald Patterson, professor of music, on organ. "The Festival of Birds" by Bohuslav Martinu will feature Pétillot on viola, in addition to the voices of freshman Katherine Allee, New Holstein; sophomore Megan Menzel, Sussex; and senior Karilyn Sisko, Elkhorn.

Jean Matitia's "Devil's Rag" will follow, featuring Doug O'Connor, associate lecturer, on saxophone and Lovell on piano. Carl Nielsen's "Humoresque" will be next, with Garvey on oboe and Young on piano.

"Ha! For Viola And Shouty Chorus" by Robbie Ellis will highlight Pétillot and "A Word on My Ear" by Donald Swann will feature baritone Kenneth Pereira, lecturer of voice, and Lovell on piano.

The concert will close with PDQ Bach's "Octoot for Winds," which will include Dr. Tim Lane, professor of music, and freshman Laurie Craig, La Crescent, Minn., on flute; Garvey and senior Megan Blommer, Chatfield, Minn., on oboe; Koprowski and senior Megan Pattarozzi, Middleton, on clarinet; Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, lecturer of music, and senior Alex Widstrand, Eau Claire, on bassoon; and Dr. Peter Haberman, assistant professor of music, as conductor.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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



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