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Clearly Three Ensemble
To Perform for Senior Citizens

 MAILED:  Nov. 16, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — A Dec. 3 recital of music for clarinet, bassoon and piano by Clearly Three — an ensemble made up of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty members Richard Fletcher, Kristine Fletcher and Barbara Wimunc-Pearson — will be the third First Fridays presentation for senior citizens this season.

A free continental breakfast will precede the formal program at Christ Church Cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell Streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the recital will begin at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Lounge.

The program will feature trios from Russia, Holland, French Canada and Brazil.

Richard Fletcher, professor of clarinet and saxophone at UW-Eau Claire, holds a doctorate in clarinet performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He is an active soloist and chamber musician, performing as principal clarinetist in the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet. He has performed in many venues, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Elvehjem Museum of Art, on Wisconsin radio and television, and internationally in Japan, Scotland and England. As a visiting fellow at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he studied the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) with virtuoso Goro Yamaguchi. He is currently co-authoring a guide to chamber music for clarinet, bassoon and piano and recently completed a CD of some of these works.

Kristine Klopfenstein Fletcher, professor of bassoon at UW-Eau Claire, holds a doctor of musical arts degree in bassoon performance and pedagogy, a master of arts degree in bassoon performance, and a bachelor of music degree in music education from the University of Iowa. She performs frequently as a collaborative artist and soloist, as a member of the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet, and as principal bassoonist of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as soloist on the Schubert Club's Courtroom Concert Series in St. Paul, for the Edinburgh (Scotland) Society of Musicians, on the Conference of the International Double Reed Society, and on Wisconsin public radio and television. She has been a visiting fellow at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and toured England and Scotland as a member of the Wisconsin-in-Scotland Chamber Players. The author of "The Paris Conservatoire and the Contest Solos for Bassoon" (Indiana University Press), she also has written a number of music articles for professional journals.

Barbara Wimunc-Pearson, professor of piano at UW-Eau Claire since 1981, maintains an active performing career as a chamber ensemble artist, collegial collaborator and recitalist. She has been heard on live radio broadcasts in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan and presented programs with the support of grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her degrees include a doctor of musical arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a master of music from Northwestern University and a bachelor of music degree from Rosary College. She frequently adjudicates competitions sponsored by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Music Teachers Associations. Her special interests include collaborative musicianship and performing arts medicine.

For the safety of the program's senior citizen audience, the event will be cancelled if the Eau Claire Area School District has cancelled or delayed classes in the case of hazardous weather.

First Fridays is funded by grant support from the Downtown Eau Claire Business Improvement District and the AnnMarie Foundation, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts. The program is coordinated by Beverly Soll and Jennifer Hinners of the UW-Eau Claire Activities and Programs office and Scott and Heather Kirby of Christ Church Cathedral.

First Fridays events are presented on the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. "Bringing the World Downtown: A Passport Season" is the theme of the 2004-05 season.

For more information about First Fridays or to be placed on a mailing list, call (715) 836-2787 [ARTS].



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Updated: November 15, 2004