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UW-Eau Claire Artists Series Announces
2008-09 Season Lineup

RELEASED: July 28, 2008

Yu Wei Chinese dancer
Yu Wei Chinese dancer

EAU CLAIRE — The Artists Series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will open its 2008-09 season with the Yu Wei Chinese Dance Collection at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

With a cultural richness and unique style, Yu Wei's dance art is inspired both by nature and the human condition. The culture and artistic background of both dance and dancer are depicted through music from China and the world, original costumes and hair-dressings, and short films shown between the dances. Yu Wei's classical training and graceful beauty make her dance art an invaluable cultural treasure of both China and the world. This performance is in partnership with UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education.

The performance is the first of seven Artists Series presentations this season. Other presentations will be as follows:

  • Alexandre Tharaud, pianist, with UW-Eau Claire's University Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Gantner Concert Hall. This acclaimed young French pianist will begin his all-Ravel program with "Sonatine," "Miroirs" and "Le Tombeau de Couperin." After intermission he will perform the Piano Concerto in G with the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda.
  • Avalon String Quartet: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Gantner Concert Hall. Hailed by The Washington Post as "one of the most exciting young string quartets in America," the quartet is currently in residence at Northern Illinois University, a position formerly occupied by the distinguished Vermeer Quartet. The performance will include a recently premiered composition by UW-Eau Claire composer Ethan Wickman.
  • Hubbard Street 2: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Kjer Theatre. This Chicago dance company performs a repertoire full of excitement and high velocity. HS2 presents fresh new works by some of the nation's most promising young choreographers, reflecting influences from ballet to hip-hop to improvisation. The performance will feature full company works as well as more intimate pieces.
  • Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Schofield Auditorium. You feel right at home at a Robin and Linda concert, and their music stays with you like an old friend. As noted by Stephen Holden in The New York Times, "Vocally and instrumentally, the Williamses combine impeccable musical discipline with a bare simplicity and an utter lack of pretension."
  • Commonweal Theatre Company performing Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler": 7:30 p.m. March 31, Gantner Concert Hall. For the past decade this collective of theater artists based in Minnesota has celebrated the work of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen with an annual festival. For one of its rare tours the company has selected "Hedda Gabler," a dark psychological drama that explores the character of an idealistic, destructive woman who does not know what to do with her life.
  • Imani Winds: 7:30 p.m. April 27, Gantner Concert Hall. The five accomplished musicians of Imani Winds joined forces in 1997 to expand the boundaries of the traditional wind quintet and explore the links between European, African and American music traditions. The group's repertoire ranges from that of the standard wind quintet to works by composers from around the globe.

More information about each of these events and ticket information can be found in the season booklet or online. Season subscription information is also available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, 715-836-3727. Subscription packages include the "Works" package at a 25 percent discount or a build-your-own-season package of six or more tickets to Artists Series and Forum events at a 20 percent discount.

Tickets for individual Artists Series events are $17 for the public, $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half-price ($3.50) until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students will be required to pay the full student ticket price. Ticket sales begin August 11.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Yu Wei Chinese Dance Collection and Hubbard Street 2 are additionally supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board, General Mills Foundation and Land O' Lakes Foundation. The Yu Wei Chinese Dance Collection is also supported by a grant from the University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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