MAILED: May 25, 2001
EAU CLAIRE—Jazz violinist Randy
Sabien will present an outdoor concert Monday, June 11, highlighting the first
week in an eight-week series of free Summer Session Programs at the University
of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall
(rain: Schofield Auditorium). Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are
invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
National Public Radio’s “Jazz Profiles” calls Randy
Sabien “the past, present and future of jazz violin.” His eclectic style
began with classical studies at the University of Illinois, where he moonlighted
as a country-rock fiddler. Hearing jazz violin great Stephane Grappelli gave
Sabien a new musical focus, and he began learning and playing jazz of the
‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
At age 21 Sabien founded the jazz string program at the
Berklee College of Music in Boston and chaired it for three years. Sabien
produced three recordings for Jim Post and accompanied a host of
singer-songwriters on violin, mandolin, guitar and piano. Between folk gigs he
produced his own quintet’s critically acclaimed album of blues-based jazz,
“In a Fog.”
Sabien followed his heart to northern Wisconsin where he
has another five titles on his own record label. He is a frequent guest soloist
with symphonies across the country.
Also on campus during the week of June 11 are these free
Summer Session Programs:
- “Beauty and the Beast” (France 1946) will screen Tuesday and
Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre, opening a weekly series of
romance and adventure films. Jean Cocteau’s faithful adaptation of the classic
legend — and that rarest of treats, a fairy tale for adults — is a
sumptuously designed fantasy set in Renaissance France. A noble and dignified
Beast (Jean Marais) suffers for and is ultimately transformed by his love for
Beauty (Josette Day). The New York Times called it “a sensuously fascinating
film... priceless, gorgeous, exquisite.” The 92-minute black-and-white film is
in French, subtitled in English.
- Concerts by UW-Eau Claire and area jazz musicians will be
presented from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday on the Central Campus
Mall (rain: The Cabin, Davies Center). A variety of grilled lunch items will be
Funded by UW-Eau Claire student segregated fees, Summer
Session Programs continue through Aug. 2. A complete schedule is available from
the Activities and Programs Office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 25, 2001