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Guest artist recital April 4 to feature music by Clara Schumann and Louise Farrenc

March 27, 2012

EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a guest artist recital featuring the music of Clara Schumann and Louise Farrenc at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert will feature cellist Kirsten Whitson, violinist Nancy Oliveros and pianist Mary Ellen Haupert. They will perform various pieces by Schumann and Farrenc, 19th-century composers and musicians.

Farrenc's Sonata No. 2 for piano and violin, Op. 39, will open the recital, and will include Oliveros and Haupert. Sonata for piano and cello, Op. 46, by Farrenc will follow, featuring Whitson and Haupert.

The recital will conclude with Schumann's Trio for violin, cello and piano. All three guest artists will perform this piece.

Whitson performs extensively in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. She maintains a cello studio in St. Paul, Minn., and has taught in studios in Wisconsin. She has toured with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony and Norway's Bergen Philharmonic and has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. A founding member of the Ambassador Trio, she has been featured on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio. Whitson earned a bachelor's degree and artist diploma from Indiana University.

Oliveros co-directs the Artaria Chamber Music School and maintains a private studio. Also a founding member of the Artaria String Quartet, she is a 2004 McKnight Fellow who has played in renowned venues throughout the United States and Europe. Oliveros has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and the Juilliard and Cleveland quartets. Since moving to Minnesota, she has played with the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She is a multiyear recipient of grants for performance and educational outreach projects from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and the Heartland Fund. Oliveros was a graduate teaching assistant at The Florida State University and received a Director's Award for postgraduate violin and chamber music studies at Boston University.

Haupert is an associate professor of music at Viterbo University and a music director at Roncalli Newman Parish. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education and piano/flute performance from the College of St. Scholastica, as well as master's and doctoral degrees in piano performance practice from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Her four-hand collaborations with Timothy Schorr have included appearances at Washington University, the University of St. Francis, Winona State University, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live from the Chazen" and Viterbo University's One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series, of which she is founder and director.

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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