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UW-Eau Claire to Offer Exciting
Multi-media Concert by Guest Artists

 MAILED:  Sept. 8, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present a multi-media, guest artist concert by saxophonist John Sampen and composer/engineer Mark Bunce at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Their multi-disciplinary presentation is designed as an exciting musical experience featuring projected visuals, interactive electronics and theatrical activities. Readings appear throughout the program, usually in the voice of the composer, and include original prose by the composers as well as poetry by e.e. cummings and Walt Whitman.

The presentation will begin, as the audience enters the hall, with "pre-concert" music composed by John Cage. Special lighting effects will segue into Luciano Berio's "Sequenza VIIb," highlighted by a projection of the score. This will be followed by Marilyn Shrude's "Visions in Metaphor," a work originally conceived for soloist and dancer. Here it will be presented with visual projections of dancers as depicted by famous 20th century artists. Concluding the first half of the program will be Rodney Waschuka's "Definition Aria," featuring a humorous blending of electronic sounds, live soprano saxophone performance and spoken text based on the writings of 19th century journalist and writer Ambrose Bierce.

The second half of the program will begin with James Mobberly's "Spontaneous Combustion" for saxophones and electronics and continue with the theatrical "Short Lecture on the Saxophone" by William Bolcom — a satire on the instrument and its infamous past. Sampen intertwines humorous verbal anecdotes with quoted and original saxophone excerpts while visual overhead projections accent the "lecture." The concert will close with Mark Bunce's "Waterwings" for saxophone and interactive computer.

Sampen and Bunce have traveled together all over the world presenting their unique concerts, as well as master classes for the saxophone and electronic medium. Sampen will present a free master class for UW-Eau Claire saxophone majors at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Interested high school students and area musicians also are welcome to attend.

Sampen, a recognized outstanding artist in contemporary music literature, has commissioned and premiered more than 80 works by composers such as Albright, Bolcom, Cage, Subotnick and Ussachevsky and been the recipient of several National Endowment for the Arts consortium and recording awards. He is currently Distinguished Artist Research Professor at Bowling Green State University.

Bunce is a composer and the recording engineer/electronics technician for the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. He is also the director of recording services at BGSU. Bunce has engineered innumerable compact discs and recordings for well known record labels and more than a dozen contemporary music series for public radio. He also has composed and engineered soundtracks for award-winning corporate videos and Public Broadcasting System signatures.

The multi-media show is free and open to the public.

Sponsors for the concert are the wind division of the UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department, the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through a Professional Development Program Grant, Bowling Green State University's MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and the Conn-Selmer Co., manufacturer of band and orchestral instruments.

For more information, contact Richard Fletcher, professor of music, at 836-2405.



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Updated: September 8, 2004