MAILED: June 18, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- BASSically BRASS, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's celebrated euphonium and tuba ensemble, will present a free bon voyage concert at noon July 1 on the Central Campus Mall.
The group is comprised of senior Edward Jacobs, Stillwater, Minn.; junior Nathan Vlcek, Chetek; sophomore Sarah Hanks, Altoona; and music faculty member Dr. Jerry Young. Members will depart Eau Claire on July 4 to represent the larger 12-member group with an invited performance at an international euphonium and tuba conference to be held July 6-12 in Riva del Garde, Italy.
A concert also will be presented on July 16 in Geretsried, Germany, sponsored by Wenzel Meinl, GmbH, one of the world's leading manufacturers of low brass instruments.
The performances are supported in part by an undergraduate student and faculty collaboration grant from the Office of University Research and with support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the department of music and theatre arts.
The program for July 1 will feature works by UW-Eau Claire music faculty member Michael Cunningham, University of Southern California-Fullerton music faculty member Rodger Vaughan, New Hampshire composer David Uber, and Wisconsin arranger Ronald Knoener, as well as the American premiere of a quartet by Russian composer Valery Strubkow.
Other members of BASSically BRASS will be involved in a variety of activities across the country this summer. Senior music major and tubist Lori Knoener, Howards Grove, will live among migrant workers in Southern California and prepare an ethnographic study of that culture. Tubist Tim Skutley, Eau Claire, will spend the summer performing with Disneyland's College All-Star Band, a position he won in a competitive national audition. Trevor Fladwood, a senior tubist from Virginia, Minn., won a summer position with the popular "Beach Band" at the Valley Fair Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minn. Tubist Tracy Ruckwardt, a senior bio-chemistry major from Pittsville, will work in a special internship program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Senior music major Micky Wrobleski, Virginia, Minn., will move to Chicago where he will spend the 1997-98 school year performing as principal tubist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, a position he won in a competitive national audition last winter.
The next Eau Claire performance by BASSically BRASS will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, and will feature the world premiere of two new works composed especially for the group by David Uber.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 2, 1997