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Peter Phippen Concert and Other
Free Events Offered at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: July 8, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Ethnic flutist Peter Phippen will present a free outdoor concert at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Monday, July 22.
The Summer Session Programs show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
"There is no doubt that with such talent and so many beautiful melodies that Peter Phippen will one day be one of the greats," wrote Ethnotempos of France.
A professional musician for the past 25 years, Phippen spent his early career days as a bass guitarist and recording artist. But in 1987 his first flute - a 25-cent bamboo whistle - found its way into his hands, and wooden flutes became his solo instruments of choice. His collection of wood, clay and bone flutes now numbers over 150 instruments from all over the world. His research into the performance technique and history of these instruments led him to bring this knowledge to the concert stage.
As a recording artist for Canyon Records, Phippen has released two CDs of original music. "Book of Dreams" (1996) was named number 17 among the top national albums in the New Age Voice magazine. His 1999 recording "Echoes of the Past" features the haunting tones of the Native American flute, bamboo flute and Japanese shakuhachi. The album has received critical acclaim and airtime on Public Radio International's syndicated show, "Echoes."
In the event of rain, the concert will be presented in Schofield Auditorium.
These free events also will be presented on campus during the week of July 22:
"The Shop on Main Street," a 1965 film from Czechoslovakia that received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, will screen Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre - continuing the Summer Cinema series about people making moral choices in an immoral world.
Set in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, the haunting tragicomedy tells the story of an old Jewish widow (Oscar nominee Ida Kaminska) who owns a button shop and doesn't seem to know that World War II is going on. When he is appointed her "Aryan comptroller," a Czech carpenter (Josef Kroner) is caught between greed and growing affection for the bemused subject of his surveillance.
"The plot actually turns on a misunderstanding. Humor is not lacking in even the most tragic situations," said director Jan Kadar. "I am sure that audiences will find it difficult to forget the white-haired, hard-of-hearing and bewildered old lady with the innocent face. She is the most powerful reminder I know of fascism and its victims."
In Czech subtitled in English, the 125-minute black-and-white film will screen via DVD projection.
UW-Eau Claire and area jazz musicians will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin of Davies Center). A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold.
Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 1. A complete schedule is available from Activities and Programs, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 8, 2002