MAILED: Feb. 23, 2001
The Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra will present a program titled The Baroque Mandolin Thursday, March 8, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Directed by Jacques Ogg and featuring guest artist Richard Walz, the Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The program highlights virtuoso mandolin and violin concertos by Vivaldi and other 18th-century Italian composers.
The Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra is the Twin Cities only period-instrument orchestra. The ensemble performs on restored baroque-era instruments or copies of original instruments from the period. The musicians knowledge of baroque and classical performance practice enables them to recreate the sounds Bach and Mozart heard when they wrote their music hundreds of years ago a very different sound from that of todays orchestras. A more intimate tone, richer harmonies and dancelike rhythms combine to provide an altogether new approach to old music.
Mandolin soloist Richard Walz is a native of the Twin Cities who now lives in France. He concertizes extensively throughout Europe and has played with nearly all the leading European ensembles specializing in baroque music, including La Petite Bande, the Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, the New London Consort and The Orchestra of the 18th Century. In addition to baroque repertoire, Walz has performed and recorded a number of romantic and contemporary works. His recordings are available on the Globe label.
The mandolin is a relative of the lute and was used frequently as a solo instrument by baroque composers. Walzs collection of instruments include copies of 18th-century Italian mandolins made by instrument builder Daniel Larson of Duluth, Minn.
Artistic director Jacques Ogg (pronounced oak), in his first season with the Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra, is a Dutch harpsichordist who performs and tours worldwide with acclaimed early-music instrumentalists and singers. He is a member of one of the worlds leading period-instrument ensembles, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, and leads his own baroque orchestra in Holland, Les Elements Amsterdam. His discography includes more than 60 recordings.
Admission is $15 for the general public, $13 for those age 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $5 for those age 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and at the door.
Patrons also may charge 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.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 25, 2001