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Tubist Gary Bird to present guest artist recital April 1

March 20, 2012
Gary Bird
Gary Bird
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a guest artist recital featuring Dr. Gary Bird at 5 p.m. April 1 in the Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Bird is a retired professor of music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for 36 years. He has been the principal tubist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the North Texas State University Graduate Wind Ensemble, the Indiana University (Bloomington) Festival Orchestra and the Johnstown and Westmoreland symphony orchestras. He also is one of the founding members of the Colonial Tuba Quartet, a group devoted to commissioning and performing new works for tuba/euphonium quartet.

Today, Bird conducts the University/Community Band at UW-River Falls and performs with the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, the Lake Wobegon Brass Band and the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Bird received a bachelor's degree from UW-River Falls and a master's degree from the University of North Texas. He earned his doctorate from Indiana University while working with the legendary Harvey Phillips.

During the recital, Bird will be accompanied by Roger McVey, associate professor of music at UW-River Falls. He also will be joined by UW-Eau Claire faculty members Dr. Jerry Young, professor of music, and Dr. Verle Ormsby, senior lecturer of music.

The recital will open with "Sonata in E flat" by J.S. Bach. Sonatina for Tuba and Piano by Halsey Stevens will follow. Next will be "Safari Duets" by Gregory Fritze, featuring Young on tuba.

Following an intermission, the recital will resume with Concerto for Tuba by Gary D. Ziek. "Dance of the Ocean Breeze" by Roger Kellaway will follow, featuring Ormsby on horn. The recital will continue with "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen and conclude with "Rumanian Dance No. 2" by Ionel Dumitru.

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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