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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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The Forum and Artists Series
Announced for 1997-98
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MAILED: Aug. 5, 1997

EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has announced its schedule of lectures and performances to be presented by The Forum and Artists Series during the 1997-98 season. All programs begin at 7:30 p.m.

The nine-event Artists Series season will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23, with a piano recital by Jon Nakamatsu, gold medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The 28-year-old American pianist, who received the prestigious award on June 8, will play his recital on Gantner Concert Hall's new Steinway grand piano.

On the following night, Nakamatsu will return to the Artists Series stage with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in a performance of a piano concerto by Mozart. The MSO, conducted by Neal Gittleman, will also perform music by Weber and Dvorak at the concert in Zorn Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Other Artists Series events follow:

  • The American Brass Quintet, ensemble-in-residence at the Juilliard School of Music, in a program of classical, popular and contemporary music; Thursday, Oct. 23, Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center.

  • The Kuijken Trio, performing music of the 17th and 18th centuries on authentic baroque instruments; Thursday, Nov. 6, Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center.

  • The Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theater in an elaborate presentation of "Cokata Upo" (Come to the Center), a work that celebrates the culture of the Lakota people in music, dance and storytelling; Wednesday, Nov. 12, Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center.

  • A duo guitar performance by Sergio and Odair Assad, two brothers who play with the inspiration of South American folk music and the sophistication of European classicism; Thursday, Feb. 19, Schofield Auditorium.

  • The Wingra Woodwind Quintet, ensemble-in-residence at UW-Madison; Tuesday, March 31, Gantner Concert Hal of the Fine Arts Center.

  • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, comprised of the Brentano String Quartet, pianist David Golub and soprano Ying Huang, in a program of music for string quartet, piano quintet, soprano and piano, and soprano and strings; Monday, April 13, Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center.

  • San Jose Taiko, America's premier Taiko drumming ensemble, in a performance rooted in the traditional Japanese monastic and military rituals of movement and sound; Tuesday, April 28, The State: Regional Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire.

A range of subscription options is available. Most Artists Series performers also offer master classes or workshops which are free and open to the public. For more information, call (715) 836-4805.

The Forum will open its 56th season on Monday, Oct. 13, with a lecture on Native American Indian law, culture and art presented by Rennard Strickland, a noted legal historian and dean of Oklahoma City University Law School. Strickland, who recently received the American Indian Heritage Center's Outstanding Achievement Award for First Americans for his work in integrating the study and understanding of law and Native American culture, will speak in Schofield Auditorium.

The other four Forum lecturers follow:

  • Michael Moore, political satirist, author, filmmaker ("Roger and Me") and television personality ("TV Nation"), with a witty and pointed commentary on contemporary American politics; Tuesday, Nov. 25, Zorn Arena.

  • Richard Dawkins, who holds Oxford University's Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, on the role of DNA in the evolution of life; Friday, March 6, Schofield Auditorium.

  • Anne Lamott, author of the best-selling "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" (1994) and "Crooked Little Heart" (1997), with wise and poignant reflections on the pains and joys of life lived by the living; Monday, April 6, Schofield Auditorium.

The third annual Provost's Lecture, featuring UW-Eau Claire professor of music Penelope Cecchini in a lecture/demonstration on the etudes of Chopin; Friday, April 24, Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center.

In addition to subscribing by mail, patrons may buy season packages to The Forum and Artists Series in person at the University Service Center (in Davies Center's west lobby) beginning Monday, Aug. 11. Tickets for individual events will go on sale Monday, Sept. 8. For ticket information, call the Service Center, (715) 836-3727.

Patrons may also charge their season packages to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Forum and Artists Series are made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate. The programs are administered by the Activities and Programs Office.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Aug. 6, 1997