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UW-Eau Claire Free Summer Session
Programs Kick Off with Peter Phippen

 MAILED:  May 27, 2003

An outdoor concert by ethnic flutist Peter Phippen will highlight the first week in an eight-week series of free Summer Session Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Monday, June 9.

The Summer Session Programs show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.

"There is no doubt that with such talent and so many beautiful melodies that Peter Phippen will one day be one of the greats," wrote Ethnotempos of France.

A professional musician for the past 25 years, Phippen spent his early career days as a bass guitarist and recording artist. But in 1987 his first flute - a 25-cent bamboo whistle - found its way into his hands, and wooden flutes became his solo instruments of choice. His collection of wood, clay and bone flutes now numbers over 150 instruments from all over the world. His research into the performance technique and history of these instruments led him to bring this knowledge to the concert stage.

As a recording artist for Canyon Records, Phippen has released two CDs of original music. "Book of Dreams" (1996) was named number 17 among the top national albums in the New Age Voice magazine. His 1999 recording, "Echoes of the Past," features the haunting tones of the Native American flute, bamboo flute and Japanese shakuhachi. The album has received critical acclaim and airtime on Public Radio International's syndicated show, "Echoes."

In the event of rain, the concert will be presented in Schofield Auditorium.

Also on campus during the week of June 9 are these free Summer Session Programs:

Summer Session Programs continue through July. A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.
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Updated: May 27, 2003