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International Award Winning Pianist Alexandre Dossin
To Perform at Harps Campaign Fund-Raiser

 MAILED:  Sept. 19, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Alexandre Dossin, an assistant professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire who recently won a first prize in the second Martha Argerich International Piano competition in Argentina, will be the featured performer during the MUSIC AT SUNSET event Oct. 16.

MUSIC AT SUNSET will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a 7:15 p.m. piano concert featuring Dossin. The activities will be held at the Chippewa Falls home of Roger Bethard.

Money raised during the event will help UW-Eau Claire’s department of music and theater arts to acquire two harps.

Earlier this month, Dossin was awarded the First Prize and the Special Prize for the best performance of the Sonatina Espanola by J.J. Castro during the second Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The distinguished panel of jurors included Martha Argerich, who Dossin describes as one of the most important pianist in all times. The competition was held in the world-famous Teatro Colon, one of the most prestigious opera theaters in the world.

Dossin performed four times during the competition: two solo recitals, one chamber performance and one concerto with orchestra. In the final round, Dossin performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, also known as “Emperor.”

After the competition, Dossin was invited to participate in the Martha Argerich Festival, performing with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra under the conducting of Charles Dutoit. He also had other solo and orchestral performances, always dividing the stage with Martha Argerich. After a joint performance in Mendoza, Argentina, (when he performed Schumann Piano Concerto) Martha Argerich asked him to perform an encore, Prokofiev’s Toccata op. 11, after her own performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3.

Dossin, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty last year, has performed in 15 countries during the last 20 years and is a prizewinner in several national and international competitions.

MUSIC AT SUNSET will be presented by the UW-Eau Claire music and theater arts department, the Steering Committee of the Friends of Music and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

You must register for the event; seating is limited.

For additional information about registration and costs, contact the music and theatre arts department at (715) 836-4954 or the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at (715) 836-5630.

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Updated: September 29, 2003