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Musical Events
for the Week of April 21

RELEASED: April 15, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present the following musical performances the week beginning Monday, April 21. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 21:

  • Junior Benjamin Cold, Ladysmith, will present a saxophone recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Assisted on piano by Judy Lies, Cold will begin with "Introduction and Samba" by Maurice Whitney and Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Jindrich Feld. The recital will continue with Claude Debussy's "Rapsodie," Suite No. 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach and conclude with
    "L' Histoure du Tango" by Astor Piazzolla. For the final selection, Cold will be assisted by seniors David Fischer on soprano saxophone, Justina Brown on alto saxophone and Theresa Soules on baritone saxophone.
  • The UW-Eau Claire Women's Chorus, under the direction of Robert Mondlock, lecturer of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The concert will begin with "Adoramus Te" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, "La Lluvia" by Stephen Hatfield and "Nigra Sum" by Pablo Casals. Next will be "How Do I Love Thee" by Nathan Christensen, featuring special guests the UW-Eau Claire Women's Concert Chorale conducted by Alan Rieck, associate professor of music. "Girls Night Out," a six member ensemble, will next perform "Strawberry Medley" and Regina Spektor's "On the Radio," arranged by senior Katie LeBrun, Eau Claire. The final section of the concert will feature Kurt Bestor's "Prayer of the Children," "Gate Gate" by Brian Tate and Allen Koepke's "And Nature Smiled," featuring graduate Holly Samson on oboe. The performance will conclude with "Dirait-On" by Morten Lauridsen and "Ride On, King Jesus" by Moses Hogan. The Women's Chorus will be accompanied on piano by senior Kathryn Eckes, Maple Grove Minn., and freshman Kristin Wanquist, Sauk Centre, Minn.
  • Tim Lane, professor of music and Namji Kim, assistant professor of music, will present a flute and piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The performance will begin with Sonata in E Major by C.P.E. Bach, followed by Robert Schumann's "Three Romances," Opus 94 and "Fantasie," Opus 30 by Jean-Baptiste Singelee. Next will be "Fantasie" by Olivier Messiaen. The performance will conclude with Darius Milhaud's "Cinema-Fantasie."

Tuesday, April 22:

  • Senior Joshua Becker, Apple Valley, Minn., will present a trombone recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Assisted on piano by junior Johnathan Turba, Becker will begin with "subZERO," Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra by Daniel Schnyder and "Fauré Melodies" by Gabriel Fauré. Following an intermission, Becker will continue with Schnyder's Duo Concertante for Tenor and Bass Trombones, featuring junior Kyle Siegrist on trombone, and Henri Tomasi's "Monologue d' Hamlet: Etre Ou Ne Pas Etre," featuring the Deaf Robinson Trombone Quartet and sophomore Adam Lowe as orator. The recital will conclude with Cappricio for Bass Trombone by Eric Ewazen, featuring the UW-Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble, conducted by Phil Ostrander, assistant professor of music.
  • Soprano Amanda Verstegen, a senior from Appleton, will present a voice recital at 5 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Assisted on piano by senior Matthew Lichtenwald, Verstegen will begin with "Vado, ma dove?" by Mozart, "Chanson Triste" by Henri Duparc and "Sonnets from the Portuguese" by Libby Larsen. Next will be "Sweeter than Roses" by Henri Purcell, "Standchen" by Richard Strauss and Corazón, porqué pasáis." by Fernando Obradors' " The recital will conclude with "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" by Puccini.
  • The UW-Eau Claire Chamber Music Ensembles II will perform a joint student recital at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Featuring several group performances, the concert will begin with Early Bird Trio performing "Trion A' Belle" by Carl Frangkiser and Sonata for Woodwind Trio by Pietro Paradisi. Next will be the Rustic Wind Quintet's performance of Franz Danzi's Quintett Op. 68 Nr. 2, Divertimento, Op. 37 by Malcolm Arnold and the Classy-gal Trio's performance of Suite for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet by Alvin Etler. A student quintet will perform "Largo al Factotum" by Gioachino Rossini. The final three selections will be performed by the Clarinet Choir, beginning with "Preludium and Canzona" by Norman M. Heim, conducted by junior Brian Handeland, Minneapolis; "Prelude and Allegro" by Arthur Frackenpohl, conducted by senior Jim Skaleski, Brookfield; and "Polonaise and Presto" by Mozart, with sophomore Kristin Freedlund, Pittsville, as conductor.

Wednesday, April 23:

  • Sophomore Ashley Vial, Green Bay, and junior Amy Mutschler, Prescott, will present a joint trumpet recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Assisted by Anne Kubiatowicz on piano, Mutschler will perform "Badinage," "Caprice" and "Lied" by Eugene Bozza. Vial will perform Concerto for Trumpet and Piano by Sergey Nikforovich Vasilenko, "Vocalise" by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Together the two will perform "Abstracts No. 2" by Robert Russell. and "Der Freischuetz" by Carl Maria von Weber, assisted by Trumpet Fusion: Kayla Thieste and Stuart Wallace.
  • The Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The program will begin with Paul Hindesmith's "Kleine Kammermusik," Op. 24 and Quintette en forme de Choros by Heitor Villa Lobos. The performance will conclude with "Quintette" by Jean Francaix. The Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet are Tim Lane, professor of music, on flute; Christa Garvey, assistant professor of music, on oboe; Richard Fletcher, professor of music, on clarinet; Kristine Fletcher, lecturer of music, on bassoon, and Verle Ormsby Jr., lecturer of music, on horn.
  • The UW-Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble and BASSically BRASS Tuba Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The Trombone Ensemble, directed by Phil Ostrander, assistant professor of music, will begin with "Color Slides" by Keith Snell, "Locus Iste" by Anton Brucker, with senior Matt Tiller, Osseo, as student conductor, and Eric Ewazen's "Capriccio," featuring senior Joshua Becker, Apple Valley, Minn., on bass trombone. Next will be "Lamb of God" by Giuseppe Verdi, with Tiller on tenor trombone, and Benjamin Britten's "Sentimental Saraband from Simple Symphony." The Trombone Ensemble will conclude with "Russian Sailor's Dance" by Reinhold Gliere. BASSically BRASS, directed by Jerry Young, professor of music, will continue the concert with "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" by Mozart, with senior Andrea Miller, Brainerd, Minn., as student conductor; "Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms" by Simone Mantia, featuring senior Elizabeth Soules, Menomonie, on euphonium; and David Holsinger's "On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss," with freshman Jesse Orth, Portage, as student conductor. The concert will conclude with Thom Ritter George's "Tubasonatina," conducted by senior Michael Vallez, Burnsville, Minn., and sophomore Calvin Grier, Apple Valley, Minn.

Thursday, April 24:

  • The Piano Studio of Namji Kim, assistant professor of music, will perform a recital, "The French Impressionists," at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Eleven students will perform selections by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Ravel. Kim will perform "Ondine" by Maurice Ravel.
  • Guest artist Nathan Knutson will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The performance will begin with "La Ricordanza Variations" by Carl Czerny, Franz Liszt's "Ave Maria" and Sonata No. 4 in F-Sharp Major by Alexander Scriabin. The second half of the recital will continue with "Dizrani Dzar-The Apricot Tree" by Robert Andriasian and "Suite Napoli" by Francis Poulenc. The recital will conclude with selections from "No longer Very Clear" by Joan Tower. Prior to the piano performance, Knutson will hold apre-recital talk at 6:30 p. m. in Phillips Recital Hall. Knutson holds a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a prize winning pianist in more than fifteen competitions and most recently won the 2007 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition and the 2007 Mason and Hamlin Prize. In addition to his achievements as a pianist, Knutson also has a profound interest in sacred music and has held numerous liturgical positions as director of music and organist. For further information on Nathan Knutson, including sample audio clips, visit his Web site.

Sunday, April 27:

  • Jessica Riley, assistant professor of music, will present a voice recital at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Assisted on piano by Nicholas Phillips, assistant professor of music, Riley will begin with "Le Bestiaire" by Francis Poulenc and "Histoires naturelles" by Maurice Ravel. Following a brief intermission, Riley will continue with "Chansons de Bilitis" and "Proses lyriques" by Claude Debussy. She will conclude with "Habanera" from "Carmen" by Georges Bizet.

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