Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Film and Music Continue as Highlights of Summer Session Programs

RELEASED: July 6, 2006

Keith Scott
Keith Scott

EAU CLAIRE — Chicago-area blues artist Keith Scott will open the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs for the week of July 24. The singer-songwriter will present a free outdoor concert Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. Refreshments will be sold, and popcorn is free.

Keith Scott has built a reputation as a sizzling blues guitarist, dynamic performer, noteworthy songwriter and bandleader over the past 20 years. He has toured throughout the United States and Europe, both with his band and blues great Jimmy Dawkins. A favorite on the college circuit, he has performed at the Hard Rock Cafe, House of Blues and the Chicago Blues Fest.

Entries in this summer's 48-Hour Video Project will screen Wednesday, July 26, concluding the film series called Summer Cinema Revolution: A Declaration of Independents. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Given the project theme "Crime Stories," filmmakers had 48 hours (between 7 p.m. July 14 and 7 p.m. July 16) to shoot and put together a fictional film involving a "crime." At the July 26 screening, awards will be presented for first, second and third place and Best Use of Prop, and the audience will select the winner of the Best in Show award. The 48-Hour Video Project is sponsored by Summer Session Programs and Local Independent Filmmakers.

Mark Mowry
Mark Mowry

Mark Mowry, tenor, and Mitra Sadeghpour, soprano, will present the final Summer Sounds program for this summer, with Beverly Soll at the piano. Their "listen at lunch" performance at noon Thursday, July 27 (The Cabin of Davies Center), and their recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 30 (Phillips Recital Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center), will feature songs of Robert Schumann, Henri Duparc, Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré, as well as English songs by Henry Purcell (in settings by Benjamin Britten), Geoffrey Bush and Roger Quilter.

Mark Mowry, lecturer of music at UW-Eau Claire, has performed a diverse range of opera, concert and recital repertoire which reflects his broad musical interests. He has sung leading roles in such operas as Britten's "Albert Herring," "Curlew River" and "The Turn of the Screw"; Handel's "Acis and Galatea"; Mozart's "Così fan tutte" and "Idomeneo"; Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges"; Smetana's "The Bartered Bride"; and Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress." In 2000 he sang the role of Enrico Carouser in the world premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's opera "Too Many Sopranos." As concert soloist he has performed the music of Bach ("Magnificat," "St. John Passion," "St. Matthew Passion"), Britten ("Rejoice in the Lamb," "St. Nicolas," "War Requiem"), Handel ("Messiah"), Haydn ("Creation"), Mendelssohn ("Elijah"), Mozart ("C Minor Mass," "Coronation Mass," "Requiem," "Solemn Vespers"), Sir John Stainer ("Crucifixion") and Vaughan Williams ("Hodie"), among others.

Mowry's recital appearances have occurred both at home in the U.S. and, more recently, in the United Kingdom — first at Jubilee Hall for the 2001 Aldeburgh Festival and then for his debut recital at London's Wigmore Hall in 2002. In addition, his various musical activities have taken him to the cities of Chicago, Dublin, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Salzburg, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. This summer he received his doctor of musical arts degree from Indiana University.

Mitra Sadeghpour
Mitra Sadeghpour

Mitra Sadeghpour, soprano, is assistant professor of voice at UW-Eau Claire. Serving as music director and conductor for musical theatre productions, she has recently stage directed "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini and provided music direction for "Cabaret," "The Pirates of Penzance" and "Batboy." Sadeghpour holds degrees from Luther College and Indiana University, where she earned her doctorate. Recent performances as a recitalist and concert musician have included Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem," Mozart's "Requiem," Schumann's "Spanisches Liederspiel," popular songs from the 1930s and the world premiere of David A. Baker's "Chamber Symphony." Sadeghpour has also performed numerous opera and musical theatre roles, ranging from Frasquita in "Carmen" to Maria in "The Sound of Music" and Lily in "The Secret Garden."

Sadeghpour 's other musical interests include American art song and popular song, vocal music by women composers, and the integration of acting and singing in performance. In May and June 2005 she was a guest lecturer at University College Winchester (Great Britain), where she presented a lecture-recital on American Masters of Popular Song. A native of Iowa, Sadeghpour previously taught on the voice faculty at Luther College.

Beverly Soll
Beverly Soll

Beverly Soll holds bachelor's and master's degrees in piano from the University of Illinois and a doctor of musical arts from the University of Maryland. As a coach/accompanist and teacher of piano, she has taught at the State University of New York-Geneseo, George Mason University and Wayne State College and has presented performances throughout the United States and in Germany. Scholarly publications include articles on Aaron Copland and Max Reger, a three-volume collection of arias from the operas of African American composer William Grant Still, and a 2005 comprehensive book on Still's operas, "I Dream a World," published by the University of Arkansas Press. Currently arts/special events coordinator at UW-Eau Claire, Soll is pianist for the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and is active in community service and as a free-lance pianist throughout the region.

Presented by Summer Session Programs and the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts, the Summer Sounds series provides an opportunity for Eau Claire audiences to hear quality classical music in the summertime and to interact with musicians from the faculty and staff. The atmosphere is casual and informal. The concert previews Thursday feature an informal talk and mini-recital by the performers, and on Sunday the entire recital introduced on Thursday is performed.

Summer Session Programs are free and open to all. More information is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833, or on the Web.

-30-

JS/NW

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.