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Red Priest to Perform at
UW-Eau Claire Sept. 19
MAILED: Sept. 5, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Red Priest, a British quartet that is one of the major success stories on the early music scene today, will perform Sept. 19 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.
Gramophone magazine described Red Priest as “the U.K.’s most dynamic, theatrical and outrageously different baroque ensemble.” Early Music Today called their approach “not so much reconstruction as total re-interpretation.... They are sure to introduce a new audience to baroque music.” The Washington Post wrote that, “for people who ‘appreciate’ classical music but have a little secret — it bores them — the answer is Red Priest.”
Combining the fruits of extensive research with swashbuckling virtuosity and compelling stagecraft, Red Priest is known for its carnival spirit and daring performance style. The group performs largely from memory, allowing an operatic level of freedom and interaction.
The ensemble is named for the Italian violinist, composer and priest Antonio Vivaldi, whose distinctive reddish hair earned him the affectionate nickname, “The Red Priest.” Vivaldi will be a presence throughout Red Priest’s four-part Artists Series program, which is drawn from myriad baroque sources that create a kaleidoscopic range of moods and colors. The program is titled “Carnival of the Seasons.”
- Spring — Vivaldi’s Concerto in E major “La Primavera” and “The Crucifixion” from Heinrich Biber’s “Easter Sonata.”
- Summer — “What Shall We Do This Evening?” by Jacob van Eyck, Henry Purcell’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Suite and Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor “L’Estate.”
- Autumn — Prelude in D minor for solo cello by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi’s Concerto in F major “L’Autunno,” “The Furies” by Nicholas le Strange and “The Witches’ Dance” by Robert Johnson
- Winter — Concerto Grosso in G minor “per la Notte de Natale” by Arcangelo Corelli and Vivaldi’s Concerto in F minor “L’inverno.”
Red Priest is Piers Adams, recorders; Howard Beach, harpsichord; Julia Bishop, violin; and Angela East, cello. Formed in 1997, the ensemble presents more than 50 concerts a year in many of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the United States — including New York’s Frick Collection, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Prague Spring Festival, and the early music festivals of York, Birmingham, Bruges and Seville. Red Priest records exclusively for Dorian Recordings.
Admission is $15 for the public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door. Artists Series season tickets also are still available at the Service Center, offering discounts of 10 to 20 percent.
Patrons may 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 UW-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.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 4, 2003