MAILED: Sept. 22, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Music fans of all kinds can enjoy the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 14th annual OcTUBAfest 1997, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center.
OcTUBAfest, which will feature the last of its four programs on Oct. 6, kicks off festivities on Oct. 1 when the BASSically BRASS Quartet will perform the program it presented at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Italy in July. Preparations for its Italy performance were sponsored by the Undergraduate/Student Faculty Collaboration Program at UW-Eau Claire.
The group will perform works originating from Italy, as well as original works for the euphonium/tuba quartet by UW-Eau Claire faculty member Dr. Michael Cunningham and Vermont composer David Uber. Senior music major Edward Jacobs, Stillwater, Minn., and Wisconsin arranger Ronald Knoener, Howards Grove, also arranged pieces to be performed in the show.
Members of the quartet include Sarah Hanks, a sophomore from Altoona; Jacobs, a senior from Stillwater, Minn.; Nathan Vlcek, a junior from Chetek; and UW-Eau Claire faculty member Dr. Jerry Young.
The program will continue at 5 p.m. on Oct. 2 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center. It will feature solo works performed by students from UW-Eau Claire's Tuba/Euphonium Studio. A variety of solos will range from spirituals to classical works to light jazz.
Young, tuba, and Dr. Barbara Young, piano, will present a joint faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center. The program will include the Sonata for Tuba and Piano by Donald White, Four Serious Songs by Johannes Brahms, Aboriginal Voices by Neal Corwell, and "A Taste of Alec Wilder," a suite of favorite movements from works by Wilder.
"This program was selected to be sort of something old, something new experience for the audience," Young said.
The final OcTUBAfest recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center. It will feature ensemble works performed by the Euphonium and Tuba Studio and members of BASSically BRASS.
"This event allows our community and students and players of low brass instruments from our area to come together and celebrate good music and our great instruments. It also gives our UW-Eau Claire students a unique opportunity to perform for a very diverse audience, which is important to their development as performing musicians," Young said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 22, 1997