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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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Red Priest to Open
UW-Eau Claire's Artists Series 

MAILED: Aug. 8, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  Red Priest, a British early-music ensemble that has redefined the art of period performance, will open the Artists Series season at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a performance Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.
         Named after the infamous flame-haired priest, Vivaldi, the four-player super-group Red Priest will perform "The Four Seasons" as it has never been heard before. The ensemble's new arrangement of the baroque masterpiece employs a dazzling array of effects to depict the sounds and scenes of a year in the Italian countryside.
         Combining the fruits of extensive research with swashbuckling virtuosity and compelling stagecraft, Red Priest is known for its carnival spirit and daring performance style. Gramophone Magazine described the group as "the U.K.'s most dynamic, theatrical and outrageously different baroque ensemble," while the Washington Post wrote that, "for people who 'appreciate' classical music but have a little secret - it bores them - the answer is Red Priest."
         The concert is the first of nine Artists Series presentations this season. Details about other events on the series 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 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Window sales begin Monday, Aug. 12.
         Patrons may also 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.
         Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is administered by the Activities and Programs office.
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Judy Berthiaume
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Updated: Aug. 8, 2002