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First Fridays Program Opens with
Sonora Reed Trio

RELEASED: Sept. 24, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — On Oct. 5 the First Fridays program for senior citizens will present the Sonora Reed Trio in a program of light, approachable music for winds.

A free continental breakfast will precede the formal program at Christ Church Cathedral, located on the corner of Lake and Farwell Streets in downtown Eau Claire. Doors will open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will begin at 9 a.m.

For the safety of the program's senior citizen audience, the event will be cancelled if the Eau Claire Area School District has cancelled or delayed classes in the case of hazardous weather.

The Sonora Reed Trio is a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty ensemble formed in 2004 by Christa Garvey (oboe), Richard Fletcher (clarinet) and Kristine Fletcher (bassoon). Sonora showcases the expressive instrumentation of the reed trio and performs fine compositions by leading 20th and 21st century composers.

Their First Fridays program includes pieces by contemporary French composers Henri Tomasi and Jacques Ibert, suites of "popular airs" and "old dances," and transcriptions of Latin American dance music interspersed with lively commentary.

Sonora is also engaged in educational outreach endeavors through performances and master classes that educate and inspire budding musicians. In 2005 the ensemble presented a lecture and performances at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities entitled, "Shall We Dance? Dance Music for Reed Trio."

First Fridays occurs on the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. Those who have season passes stamped each month will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the May presentation. The program is funded in part by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts, by contributions from the Great Harvest Bread Company and Elliot Roberts.

Now in its sixth season, First Fridays is coordinated by Beverly Soll and Jennifer Brockpahler of the UW-Eau Claire Activities and Programs office and is hosted by Robert Rademaker, the new dean of Christ Church Cathedral. Scott and Heather Kirby are First Fridays' community partners. The mission of First Fridays is to provide no-cost entertainment and educational experiences for senior citizens of the extended Chippewa Valley community through shared community and university sponsorship.

For more information about First Fridays or to be placed on a mailing list, call 715-836-2787 [ARTS].

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JS/KH

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