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Summer Session at UW-Eau Claire Offers Variety
in Music and Film

RELEASED: June 27, 2006

Irie Sol
Irie Sol

EAU CLAIRE — Irie Sol will present a free outdoor concert Monday, July 10, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The reggae rock band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. Refreshments will be sold, and popcorn is free.

Irie Sol's music is a blend of reggae, dance hall, jazz, soul, rock, and hip hop. The eclectic blend reflects the diverse origins and influences of band members who hail from Canada, Jamaica, Korea, the East Coast, Minneapolis and northern Wisconsin. Band members have performed with UW-Eau Claire's award-winning jazz bands, the St. Paul Cathedral Choir and Minneapolis hip hop outfits Hyder Ali and Mel Gibson & the Pants. Melodic vocals and Jamaican-style rap are backed by a full horn section and band. Classic tunes from Stevie Wonder to Wayne Wonder are revisited over a reggae backdrop.

Irie Sol is Joel Pace (trumpet, vocals), Jon Lanctin (trumpet), Matt Rongstad (saxophone), Aryn Widule (hand drums, vocals), Chris Williams (bass, vocals), Angelo Williamson (keys, trombone), Yusef (guitar), KZ (guitar), Drew Ruenger (drums), Brother Daniel (drums), and Ben Lester (drums).

The film series called Summer Cinema Revolution: A Declaration of Independents will continue Wednesday, July 12, with a program titled "The Best 24 or 48 Hours Ever." Short films shot in a very short period of time by members of the Chippewa Valley community will screen at 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

The 24-Hour Video Project was begun in the fall of 2004 through Community Television and Local Independent Filmmakers as a community project in which participants had 24 hours to shoot, edit and create a short film. The 24- and now 48-Hour Video Projects have been a successful showcase for creative and independent films and filmmakers.

Beginning Thursday, July 13, the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts and Summer Session Programs will cooperatively present a series of "listen at lunch" events and chamber music recitals during the month of July. The series, titled Summer Sounds, will feature music for winds, voice and piano.

Each week a different group of artists will present two programs. A concert preview at noon Thursday in The Cabin of Davies Center will feature an informal talk and mini-recital by the performers. At 2 p.m. Sunday, the entire recital introduced on Thursday will be performed in the intimate comfort of Phillips Recital Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

The first program on July 13 and 16 will feature a recital by oboist Christa Garvey and pianist Beverly Soll. Together they will perform a sonata by the Italian baroque composer Francesco Geminiani, three neo-classic pieces by British composer Michael Head, and the Sonata for Oboe and Piano by the French romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. In addition, Soll will play five American folk songs by African American composer John Price and the "Pavane" and "Petite March" from Francis Poulenc's Suite Française; and Garvey will perform three movements for solo oboe from Henri Tomasi's Évocation: portraits entitled "Péruvienne," "Nigérienne," and "Cambodgienne (Apsaras)."

Christa Garvey
Christa Garvey

Christa Garvey joined the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music faculty in the fall of 2003, teaching music theory and applied oboe. She is an active performer and a member of the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet. She previously served on the faculty of the Metropolitan State College of Denver and was a visiting lecturer of oboe and musicology at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. Garvey has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Cheyenne ( Wyo.) Symphony, the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree in oboe performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Beverly Soll
Beverly Soll

Beverly Soll holds bachelor and masters degrees in piano from the University of Illinois and a doctor of musical arts from the University of Maryland. She has been a member of the faculties of 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. Soll is currently arts/special events coordinator at UW-Eau Claire, pianist for the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and an active free-lance pianist throughout the region.

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.

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

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