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Acclaimed Composer Libby Larsen to Visit
UW-Eau Claire for Concert and Other Events

RELEASED: Feb. 28, 2007

Libby Larsen

Libby Larsen (photo by Ann Marsden)

EAU CLAIRE — Composer and guest artist Libby Larsen, one of America's most prolific and performed living composers, will visit the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire March 5-6 to present a series of events, including a master class, lecture, composition clinic and concert performance of her work by various UW-Eau Claire faculty members and students. All events are free and open to the public.

Larsen's visit coincides with Women's History Month events at UW-Eau Claire.

At 2 p.m. Monday, March 5, Larsen will work with faculty and students scheduled to perform in the upcoming recital of her music in Phillips Recital Hall in the Haas Fine Arts Center. On Monday evening, at 7:30 p.m., she will give a lecture titled "Composing in the 21st Century," also in Phillips Recital Hall.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, Larsen will present a composition clinic in Phillips Recital Hall.

All these events will culminate with the Tuesday evening performance, at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The concert will open with Kathryn Proctor Duax, who will perform four songs from Larsen's "Beloved, Thou Hast Brought Me Many Flowers," including, in addition to the title piece, "Liebeslied," "Music, When Soft Voices Die," and "Go From Me." Paul Kosower will perform on cello and Barbara Wimunc-Pearson will perform on piano. Two pieces performed by three UW-Eau Claire seniors will follow: Theresa Soules, Menomonie, on alto saxophone, and Errin Kilgore, Phoenix, Ariz., on cello, will perform "Rapidfire," the first part of "Bid Call"; and flutist Jeanne Kolis, Eau Claire, will perform "Aubade." The first half of the program will close with Concert Piece for Tuba and Piano, performed by Jerry Young on tuba and Barbara Young on piano.

The second half of the concert will open with the soprano vocal performance of Mitra Sadeghpour and four of her voice students, performing "Try Me Good King, Last Words of the Wives of King Henry VIII." The student performers are seniors Katie LeBrun, Eau Claire, and Stephanie Holte, Sheboygan; and juniors Courtney Doyel, North Pole, Alaska, and Allison Wells, Eau Claire. Next, Christa Garvey and guest artist Jeff Jaworski will perform the second and third of "Three Pieces for Treble Wind and Guitar." The concert will close with Larsen's "Bronze Veils," performed by Phillip Ostrander on trombone, and Jeffrey Crowell and sophomore Matt Gullickson, Mankato, Minn., on percussion.

Larsen has been hailed by USA Today as "the only English-speaking composer since Benjamin Britten who matches great verse with fine music so intelligently and expressively." She has created a catalogue of over 200 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral and choral scores. The Philadelphia Inquirer praised her music for its "clear textures, easily absorbed rhythms and appealing melodic contours that make singing seem the most natural expression imaginable."

A recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Larsen won a 1994 Grammy as producer of the CD: "The Art of Arlene Augr," an acclaimed recording that features Larsen's "Sonnets from the Portuguese." Her opera "Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus," was selected as one of the eight best classical music events of 1990 by USA Today. The first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra, she has held residencies with the California Institute of the Arts, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Philadelphia School of the Arts, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony.

Holder of the 2003-2004 Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the Library of Congress and recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Larsen also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1973, she co-founded (with Stephen Paulus) the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum. Learn more about Larsen at her Web site.

Larsen's visit is sponsored in part by the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; the voice and choral and the wind and percussion divisions of the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts, Phi Mu Apha Music Honor Society and SAI Philanthropies.

For more information, contact Sadeghpour at 715-836-3711 or msadeghp@uwec.ed.



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