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Music at Sunset Program
Launches Harps Project
MAILED: Aug. 29, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The Friends of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present a program of music and food at sunset on Sept. 12 to launch a campaign to raise funds for two harps for the department of music and theatre arts.
Pianist Roger Bethard, senior logic design engineer at Cray Inc., will host the “Music at Sunset” program at his home overlooking the Chippewa River to kick off the fund-raising campaign aimed at providing new harps for the university’s music students and performances.
Bethard, whose home features a large acoustically designed music room and a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand piano, will open the program. Other performers include the UW-Eau Claire Voice Faculty Quartet, harpist Paula Smith from the department of music and theatre arts faculty, and pianist Barbara Young.
“Music at Sunset” will begin at 6:15 p.m. with an hors d’oeuvres buffet and harp music by Smith. The Voice Faculty Quartet of Mitra Sadeghpour, soprano, Kathryn Proctor Duax, mezzo-soprano, Daniel Newman, tenor, and Robert Knight, baritone, accompanied by pianist Barbara Young, will perform operatic excerpts. Bethard and Young will perform a piano duet, followed by a dessert buffet from 8:15 to 9 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and is tax deductible.
“This unique musical experience is kicks off for the Harps Project. Our goal over the next year is to raise $25,000 for the purchase of a pedal harp and a troubadour harp for the department of music and theatre arts,” said Duax, chair of the Friends of Music. “This is a great opportunity to support the Harps Project while enjoying some wonderful music in a beautiful setting.”
To make a reservation for the program, call the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at (715) 836-3526. Attendance is limited to 60 guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
Donations to the Harps Project may be sent the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, 214 Schofield Hall, Eau Claire, Wis., 54702-4004.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 29, 2002