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Renowned composer to present lectures, clinics Nov. 12 at UW-Eau Claire

November 9, 2012
Michael Colgrass

EAU CLAIRE — Composer Michael Colgrass will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Nov. 12. While on campus, he will present lectures and clinics to university students and community members.

Colgrass's visit is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, College of Arts and Sciences and Foundation.

Brian Diller, associate lecturer of music, said that Colgrass's visit is a great opportunity for individuals in the area to learn from a nationally recognized artist.

"The coaching and lectures during Michael Colgrass' residency at UW-Eau Claire will be a life-changing opportunity for our students to connect with one of America's great composers," he said.

Colgrass, winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music, began his musical career as a jazz drummer in the 1940s. He served for two years as timpanist in the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, Germany, and then spent 11 years supporting his composing as a freelance percussionist in New York City. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the original West Side Story orchestra on Broadway and numerous ballet, opera and jazz ensembles.

He is the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including two Guggenheim fellowships, a Rockefeller grant and an Emmy Award in 1982 for the PBS documentary "Soundings: The Music of Michael Colgrass."

Colgrass's activities, which are all open to the public, will include:

·New Kid on the Block discussion with student composers, 9-10 a.m., Haas Fine Arts Center, Room 139.

·Rehearsal with the UW-Eau Claire Symphony Band for Colgrass's "Apache Lullaby," 3-3:20 p.m., Haas Fine Arts Center, Room 139.

·Discussion with music education students on leading public school students in composition, 4-5 p.m., Haas Fine Arts Center, Room 159.

·Rehearsal with the UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony for Colgrass's "The Winds of Nagual," 7:30-9:30 p.m., Haas Fine Arts Center, Room 139.

For more information about Michael Colgrass's visit to UW-Eau Claire, contact Brian Diller at 715-836-4417 or



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