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First Fridays Event Invites Seniors
to a Tour of Paris and its Musicians

RELEASED: Oct. 18, 2007

Donald Patterson
Donald Patterson

EAU CLAIRE — First Fridays invites senior citizens on a tour of "Paris and Music" Nov. 2, with Donald Patterson, professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and the program will follow at 9 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, which is on the corner of Lake and Farwell streets in downtown Eau Claire.

"My wife, Janet, and I studied in Paris during our college years, so to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary we decided to return and visit the spots we so fondly remembered," Patterson said. "Not wanting to just visit tourist highlights, we followed many of the paths laid out in Nigel Simeone's book, 'Paris A Musical Gazetteer.' Our slide show starts at the Rue St. Jacques on the historic West Bank and travels through various neighborhoods, tracking down addresses and visiting landmarks and cemeteries in search of the musicians of Paris."

A professor of piano, Patterson is coordinator of the keyboard division. A graduate of the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, he holds a master of music degree in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance from the University of North Texas, with additional studies in New York and Paris.

As an active soloist and chamber musician, Patterson has performed in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and many parts of the United States. He is an active scholar, researcher, and reviewer whose books include "One Handed: A Guide to Piano Music for One Hand." Patterson's achievements have been recognized by his being included in such publications as the Who's Who in America. He was named UW-Eau Claire's Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professor in 2002-03.

For the safety of the senior audience, the event will be cancelled if the Eau Claire Area School District has cancelled or delayed classes because of hazardous weather.

First Fridays programs are presented on the first Friday of each month October through May, except in January, at no cost to the senior community. People with season passes that are stamped each month will be eligible for a prize drawing at the May presentation.

The program is funded in part by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts, the Great Harvest Bread Company and Elliot Roberts. First Fridays is coordinated by Beverly Soll and Jennifer Brockpahler of the Activities and Programs office and is hosted by Scott and Heather Kirby of Christ Church Cathedral.

The mission of First Fridays is to provide no-cost entertainment and educational experiences for area senior citizens through shared community and university sponsorship.

For details about First Fridays or to be placed on a mailing list, call 715-836-2787.

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