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Marimba Virtuoso Nancy Zeltsman to Perform
at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 7, 2006

Nancy ZeltsmanEAU CLAIRE — Marimba virtuoso Nancy Zeltsman will perform for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Artists Series Tuesday, Feb. 21. Her 7:30 p.m. recital in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center will include works by Thomas Oboe Lee and Steven Mackey, as well as her own compositions.

Described by the Boston Globe as playing "with sparkling rhythmic inflection, stamina, speed, accuracy, and a full spectrum of colors," Zeltsman is a leading performer, recording artist, teacher, author, and festival director. She has commissioned and premiered over a hundred works for solo marimba or marimba within chamber music.

As a soloist, Zeltsman has presented numerous recitals and marimba master classes across the United States and Europe and in Japan and Mexico. She performed Michael Tilson Thomas' "Island Music" for two marimba soloists (with Jack Van Geem) and four percussionists in 2005 at Carnegie Hall in New York and in San Francisco. Also in 2005, she premiered William Thomas McKinley's marimba concerto "Childhood Memories" with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project at Boston's Jordan Hall.

Her recordings include three solo marimba CDs: "Sweet Song" (2005), "See Ya Thursday" (1999) and "Woodcuts" (1993); a marimba CD with Jack Van Geem, "Pedro and Olga Learn to Dance" (2004); and three CDs with the violinist Sharan Leventhal as the marimba/violin duo Marimolin.

Zeltsman's marimba method, "Four Mallet Marimba Playing: A Musical Approach for All Levels," was published in 2003 by Hal Leonard Corporation. Since 1993 she has taught marimba at The Boston Conservatory (where she chairs the percussion department) and Berklee College of Music in positions that were created for her. She is founder and artistic director of Zeltsman Marimba Festival Inc., an annual two-week event in July.

Zeltsman served as a judge for the International Marimba Competition for Students in Paris (2003), the Belgium International Marimba Competition (2001), and she was one of 12 international players featured at The World Marimba Festival in Osaka, Japan (1998).

Tickets for 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.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and also will be sold at the door. The Service Center is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Patrons also 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.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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