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World-Renowned Euphonium Artist to Present Concert at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 19, 2005

Brian BowmanEAU CLAIRE — Guest Artist Brian Bowman, widely recognized as one of the foremost euphonium soloists in the world, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The program will open with Arioso and Allegro by Belgian composer Joseph Hector Fiocco, followed by Maurice Ravel's "Piece en Forme de Habanera." Works by composers Yasuhide Ito, Hiroshi Hoshina, Joseph DeLuca and Edoardo Boccalari also will be featured in the performance. Bowman's performance will conclude with Fantasia di Concerto from Boccalari's "Sounds from the Rivera." Bowman will be accompanied by Barbara Young, UW-Eau Claire lecturer of music. The two have performed together several times in the United States and Europe over the last 25 years.

Bowman also will be presenting a master class on musical interpretation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Gantner Concert Hall. He will spend Thursday, Sept. 29, working with individual students and visiting classrooms at the university.

Bowman has been a member of numerous musical ensembles throughout his career. He is currently a member of the Symphonia ensemble, a group comprised of professional players and teachers of the tuba and euphonium. Symphonia has toured throughout the United States and Europe, recording several CDs. Bowman also is a member of the Summit Brass Ensemble, a group organized of the leading soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral players in the country.

As a solo performer, Bowman has performed in all 50 states and in more than 15 foreign countries, including two concert tours of Japan. In 1979 he made history, presenting the first euphonium recital in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall.

Besides his career as a world renowned performer, Bowman also is a clinician, recording artist, educator, administrator and author. He is currently a professor of music at the University of North Texas, his ninth position at the university level. He is the author of "Practical Hints for Playing the Euphonium/Baritone Horn," as well as several articles in professional journals.

Bowman has been the recipient of numerous awards in his career, including the 1995 "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association. In 1989 he was named "Euphonium Player of the Year" by British Magazine, and in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, the Brian L. Bowman Euphonium Solo Competition was named in his honor. He also is the only living euphoniumist included in "Twentieth-Century Brass Soloists" by Michael Meckna.

Bowman's future plans include performing solo; touring and teaching clinics throughout the world; creating CD recordings of all levels of literature for euphonium; commissioning and inspiring composers to write for euphonium; and working to create performance, teaching and research opportunities for future generations of euphoniumists.

The concert and other events will be free and open to the public. For more information on Brian Bowman, visit his Web site.

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