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Musical Events for the Week of April 11

RELEASED: April 4, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present the following musical performances the week beginning Monday, April 11. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 11:

  • Senior Courtney Gansmann, Mukwonago, and senior Seth Boyd, Burnsville, Minn., will present a joint voice recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Gansmann will open the recital with "Im Fruhling" by Robert Franz, followed by selections by Schubert and Brahms. Boyd will follow with Gaetano Donizetti's "Bella siccome un' angelo" from "Don Pasquale." Boyd also will perform "I'm beginning to see the light" by Don George, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington and Harry James. Other featured composers will be Frank Wildhorn, Kurt Weill and Mozart. Boyd and Gansmann will end with a joint performance of Stephen Sondheim selections, "Too Many Mornings" from "Follies" and "Barcelona" from "Company."

Tuesday, April 12:

  • Junior C. Max Athorn, Minneapolis, Minn., and junior Mark Lundin, Blaine, Minn., will present a joint voice recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The recital will begin with Athorn's performance of Bach's "O Seelenparadies" assisted by junior Allison Bulger, Mendota Heights, Minn., on violin. Lundin will follow with a selection by Louis Spohr, assisted by junior Jacob Boyle, Oconomowoc, on clarinet. Athorn and Lundin will perform three duets in the concert including "Duet of Falke and Eisenstein" by Strauss as well as Sondheim's "Agony." They will conclude the concert with Kander and Ebb's "I Don't Remember You/Sometimes a Day Goes By."
  • Guest artist Lux Brahn, will present a clarinet recital at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Brahn will be accompanied by pianist Hanny Schmid Wyss. Both artists are from Switzerland. The concert will open with Romances for clarinet and piano by Robert Schumann, followed by Lehnherr's Arlecchino for clarinet solo. Featured composers will include Antoni Szalowski and Alexander Tcherepnin, and the recital will conclude with Fantasy-Pieces for clarinet and piano by Niels Wilhelm Gade. Brahn has made regular guest appearances on radio and television and has played concert halls in France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, the United States and Switzerland. Wyss also has performed as a soloist with major orchestras in Europe and the United States. Funding for this program has been provided by the department of music and theatre arts' wind and piano divisions and an Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Professional Development Grant.

Wednesday, April 13:

  • Sophomore James Geddes, Fond du Lac, will present a saxophone recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Assisting him will be senior Kevin Bailey, Milwaukee, on alto saxophone and flute; junior Evan Benidt, Minneapolis, Minn., on soprano and alto saxophone; and senior Ben Herpel-Dobay, Salem, Ore., on saxophone. Senior Yukiko Fujimura, Kanagawa, Japan, will accompany on piano. Geddes will open the recital with a concerto by Pierre Max Dubois and "Mai" by Ryo Noda. The second half of the concert will open with Maurice Whitney's "Introduction and Samba." Geddes will close with "NightQuill in Tunisia," a piece that grew out of Geddes' arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia."
  • The Gamma Beta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will present a recital titled "American Music" at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The recital will open with the men of the chapter performing "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Hail Sinfonia" and "Brothers in Fraternity." Next, members of the chapter will perform two works by Michael Cummingham, UW-Eau Claire professor of music, titled "Valentines" and "Septet." The concert will provide a mix of instrumental duets, solos and ensembles. The concert will conclude with "A Brother at the Door," "Serenade for a Girl," "The Red and the Black" and "Sinfonia Parting Song."

Thursday, April 14:

  • Junior Sean Hauer, Hudson, and junior Robert Bohnert, Mauston, will present a joint saxophone recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Sarah Miller will provide piano accompaniment for Hauer and Steven Hobert will accompany Bohnert on piano. Hauer will open with "Caprice en Forme de Valse" by Bonneau. Bohnert will follow with his first selection, "Le Lievre et La Tortue," composed by Pierre Max Dubois. Bohnert will begin the second half of the concert will "Improvisation 1" by Ryo Noda. The two will be joined by juniors David Bashaw, La Crosse, on soprano saxophone, and Christopher Taylor, Black River Falls, on alto saxophone, for the final piece, "Saxy Mario," as arranged by Bashaw.

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