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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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Summer Session Programs Continue
With The Hugh Durning Acoustic Trio

MAILED: June 11, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE - The Hugh Durning Acoustic Trio will present a free outdoor concert Monday, June 25, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
         The Summer Session Programs 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.
         Led by vocalist and guitarist Hugh Durning, this new ensemble mixes acoustic rock with elements of bluegrass, classical and world music. The trio performs original music with a positive, spiritual message, and also covers songs by artists ranging from The Beatles to the Dave Matthews Band.
         A veteran of the Madison-based group Pat the Blowfish, Hugh Durning embarked on a solo career that yielded four albums, including “Transport,” recorded last year while he lived in New York City. For the past three years Durning has performed off and on with cellist Andrew Block, a regular member of the La Crosse Symphony and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and a founding member of the Clearwater Quartet. Improvisation is the strong suit of the third member of the trio, violinist and singer Julia McConahay, a May graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
         Also on campus during the week of June 25 are these free programs:
  • Concerts by UW-Eau Claire and area jazz musicians will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin, Davies Center). A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold.
  • Akira Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress” (Japan 1958) continues a series of romance and adventure films with screenings Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre. During Japan’s feudal wars, two cowardly farmers stumble upon a defeated army general (Toshiro Mifune) who is trying to get the last member of his ruling house — a willful young princess — to safety in friendly territory.
    The result is what they call an action drama in the trade, but one so imaginative, so funny, so tender, and so sophisticated, that it comes near to being the most lovable film Kurosawa has ever made,” wrote critic Donald Richie.
    Reportedly the inspiration for “Star Wars,” the 126-minute black-and-white film classic is in Japanese, subtitled in English.

         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.

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

Updated: June 11, 2001