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International flute convention set for July 18-22 at UW-Eau Claire

July 13, 2012
Bill Miller
Wisconsin native and Grammy-winning
performer/songwriter Bill Miller will be
among those performing in nightly concerts
during the 2012 International Native
American and World Flute Association
Convention July 18-22 at UW-Eau Claire.
EAU CLAIRE — The 2012 International Native American and World Flute Association (INAFA) Convention will be held July 18-22 in the Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The five-day event is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department, with Dr. Tim Lane, flutist and professor of music, acting as liaison. Other local sponsors are the Chippewa Valley Symphony, Mona Lisa's Restaurant, The Goat Coffee House and Visit Eau Claire.

The convention will feature performances by Grammy-caliber musical artists and day classes with recognized specialists, as well as vendors offering flutes, percussion instruments, music, crafts and more. Vendor areas will be open to the public at no charge.

Evening concerts, open to the public with tickets available at the door, will feature severalartists per night, including R. Carlos Nakai, a premier performer of Native American flute music noted for his cross-cultural, cross-genre collaborations; his research and scholarship in the field of Native American music and culture; and his many achievements and awards, including numerous Grammy Award nominations.

Performing with Nakai will be local musicians Dr. Tim Lane (flute), Ryan Poquette (violin), Susan Halderman (cello) and Ivar Lunde Jr. (oboe).

Among others performing at the convention will be Celtic ensemble Mithril, Wisconsin native and Grammy-winning performer/songwriter Bill Miller, the Eliyahu Sills Ensemble (featuring Middle Eastern music), bansuri (bamboo flute) master G.S. Sachdev, and Eau Claire flutist Peter Phippen and the Summerland Ensemble.

INAFA is a music- and education-based organization with a goal of fostering the advancement, appreciation, preservation and understanding of Native American and other world flute traditions. INAFA members, musicians, music enthusiasts, educators, members of the Native American community and the general public are invited to this multicultural musical and educational event.

A $90 advance registration fee will allow access to all day classes and performances, as well as evening performances throughout the convention. Those interested may register in advance or at the INAFA table in the lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center on July 18. Per-day attendance options also are available. Evening concert tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.

For a complete convention schedule of events and biographies of presenters and performers, or to register or purchase tickets in advance, visit the INAFA website or contact Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl of INAFA at 757-651-8328 or inafa@aol.com.

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