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Retiring Music Professor Ivar Lunde Jr.
To Present Composition Recital April 13

 MAILED:  April 4, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Ivar Lunde Jr., professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will present a composition recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. This will be Lunde's final recital as an active faculty member before he retires at the end of this semester.

The concert will open with "Chromos, Op. 109," performed by associate professor Tim Lane on flute and Beverly Soll on piano. Other compositions by Lunde to be performed are "Three Lullabies for horn and piano, Op. 9," with associate lecturer Andrew Parks on horn and assistant professor Alexandre Dossin on piano, and "Six Norwegian Poems, Op. 40," performed by soprano Mitra Sadeghpour, assistant professor of music, and professor Barbara Wimunc-Pearson on piano.

The second half of the recital will begin with Wimunc-Pearson performing "Seven Preludes for piano solo, Op. 96," and the recital will close with "Three Signs of the Zodiac, Op. 97." Lunde will perform his own composition on oboe with the other members of the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet: Lane on flute, Parks on horn, professor Richard Fletcher on clarinet, and senior lecturer Kristine Fletcher on bassoon.

Lunde said that all the pieces on the program, except for the lullabies for horn, were written during his time at UW-Eau Claire.

"The faculty here has been the inspiration for some of these works," said Lunde. "A composer needs to hear what is being composed, and several of my colleagues, particularly those in the wind area, have supported me and provided feedback. And that is perhaps the most thrilling part of being here — besides my students of course," said Lunde.

Before joining the UW-Eau Claire music faculty in 1968, Lunde received his master's degree at the Oslo Conservatory of Music in Norway and was the former principal oboist for the Norwegian National Opera. Lunde has taught and performed in Europe and the United States and has appeared as oboe soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic and many other orchestras in Norway, Sweden, Austria and the United States. He also has performed on baroque oboe with the Smithsonian Concerto Grosso, the Minneapolis Bach Society, Lyra Concert (Minneapolis/Saint Paul) and Basically Bach in Chicago.

At UW-Eau Claire, Lunde performed with both the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet and Les Favorites, a period instrument ensemble. He is also a former conductor of the University Band and the University Chamber Orchestra.

Now that he's retiring, Lunde said he plans to continue working with the sound and video studio/small publishing venture which he owns and operates, as well as keeping up his performance skills on the oboe through freelance work.

"I am particularly excited about being able to spend more time composing music," said Lunde.

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Updated: May 1, 2003