MAILED: Aug. 21, 2000
The Eroica Trio, a musically intense chamber ensemble with a cutting-edge style, will open the Artists Series season at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
The internationally renowned trio will present an evening of music by Bach, Brahms and Paul Schoenfeld at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.
In 1986, while training at the Juilliard School of Music, pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Adela Pena and cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio discovered the musical synergy that has made them one of the first all-female ensembles to reach the top echelon of the chamber music field. Winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award in 1991, the Eroica Trio has toured the United States, Europe, Japan and Vietnam and has released two celebrated recordings.
"These women demonstrate that on musical merits they have earned their foothold on the very highest rung of the profession," wrote The Wall Street Journal.
All Artists Series events begin at 7:30 p.m. Descriptions of the 2000-2001 season's other presentations follow:
Season subscription information is available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. A range of subscription packages is available, offering discounts of 10 to 20 percent. Tickets for individual Artists Series events are $15 for the public; $13 for those ages 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those ages 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire students.
- The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra: Tuesday, Oct. 31, Zorn Arena. The leading exponent of vintage American popular music, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra appears at major concert halls, festivals, historic theaters and movie palaces throughout the world. The orchestra's programs are a nostalgic sampling of turn-of-the-century treasures waltzes, marches, operatic parodies, novelty numbers and popular songs. In its Artists Series performance the ensemble also will draw upon its vast collection of original cinema-orchestra scores, accompanying short films by Charlie Chaplin ("The Immigrant"), Buster Keaton ("Cops") and Harold Lloyd ("Never Weaken").
- Colcannon: Tuesday, Nov. 28, and Wednesday, Nov. 29, Schofield Auditorium. Playing music from the Irish tradition, Colcannon has developed a unique contemporary style that remains in firm touch with the heart and essence of traditional Celtic music. The five-piece band plays powerful, original music that embraces tradition and makes it meaningful to a new generation of listeners. Their concert will include traditional music, as well as original songs and instrumentals, performed with all-acoustic instrumentation and presented with warmth, vitality and wit.
- The Chestnut Brass Company: Monday, Feb. 5, Zorn Arena. Since beginning as a street band in Philadelphia in 1977, the Chestnut Brass Company has won international praise for its brilliant performances on historical and modern instruments. The quintet transports audiences on a musical journey through time, playing music from rags to classics. The concert will feature "Portrait of a Civil War Soldier," a performance on antique brass instruments narrated by Toby Yatso, a UW-Eau Claire music student known for his performances in University Theatre productions and Cabaret.
- Roots of Brazil: Monday, Feb. 26, Zorn Arena. In an evening of dance theater that The Philadelphia Inquirer calls "the epitome of theatricality and sensuality," one of the leading folkloric dance troupes in the United States will share the vibrant music and dance idioms that make up the heritage of Brazil. Conceived as a musical fantasy, the performance tells the story of the region's indigenous people and their reverence for the rain forest, the Portuguese colonization, the importation of African slaves, and immigration from many nations. The elaborately costumed presentation celebrates the 500th anniversary of the founding of Brazil.
- Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra, "The Baroque Mandolin": Thursday, March 8, Gantner Concert Hall. This Twin Cities orchestral ensemble performs the works of the Baroque masters on 18th-century instruments. The concert will be conducted by the Lyra Concert's new co-artistic director, Jacques Ogg, who leads his own Baroque orchestra in Holland and is a member of the Orchestra of the 18th Century, one of the world's leading period-instrument ensembles. Internationally renowned mandolinist Richard Walz will join the Lyra Concert in presenting a uniquely engaging repertoire on a rarely heard solo instrument.
- The American Chamber Theater Ensemble, "An Evening in America": Monday, April 9, Zorn Arena. With no sets and few props, this three-person ensemble combines theater, mime, storytelling and dance in a celebration of the written word. Their concert of American short stories includes adaptations of James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," Joyce Carol Oates' "The Buck," and Bailey White's "The Dance of the Chicken Feet."
Patrons may buy season packages and single tickets by mail. Those not on the university's mailing list may request a season booklet by calling the Activities and Programs Office, (715) 836-4833.
Patrons also may charge their tickets 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 Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate. The program is administered by the Activities and Programs Office.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 21, 2000