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Musical Events
for the Week of March 31

RELEASED: March 27, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present the following musical performances the week beginning March 31. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 31:

  • Mezzo-soprano Andrea Fuss, a senior from Waupaca, and tenor Kevin Newell, a junior from Edgar, will present avoice recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Assisted on piano by senior Matthew Lichtenwald, Newell will begin with Franz Liszt's "Drei Lieder aus Schillers Wilhelm Tell." He also will perform selections by Francis Poulenc and Gerald Finzi. Fuss will perform Opus 49, "Fünf Lieder" by Johannes Brahms and selections by Maurice Ravel and Benjamin Britten. Fuss will be accompanied on piano by senior Kristin Wood.
  • The Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will present "A Recital of American Music" at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The concert will open with a Robert Ross arrangement of Francis Scott Key's "The Star Spangled Banner." Following will be "Red and Black," performed by The Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and "Sarabande and Gigue" by Fisher Tull, featuring Brian Handeland on alto saxophone and John Tuba on piano. "Betty's Music Box" will feature professor of music Donald Patterson on piano. George Gershwin's Three Preludes for Piano will follow, featuring professor emeritus Michael Cunningham on piano. The first half of the concert will conclude with String Quartet No. 3 "Mishima" by Philip Glass, featuring Mike Muelling and Jesse Traner on violins, Steven Ethington on viola and Katie Douglass on cello. The second half of the concert will feature more students performing works by John Mayer, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Harold Arlen, Robert Rogers and Stephen Fay.

Tuesday, April 1:

  • Senior Charis Boersma, Wild Rose, will present a piano recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Bethany Boersma will assist on French horn. The recital will begin with "Fantasiestücke" Op. 12 by Robert Schumann followed by Sonata, Op. 10 No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Next will be Boersma's arrangement of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Moment Musical" in D-flat, Op. 16 No. 5. The recital will conclude with "Romanian Folk Dances" by Béla Bartók.
  • Senior Matthew Lichtenwald, Fond du Lac, will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The recital will begin with Sonata in C Major Op. 53: "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven, followed by Sonata in Bb minor, Op. 35: "Funeral March" by Frederic Chopin. The performance will conclude with "Goliath's David" by Mary Webster.

Wednesday, April 2:

  • Soprano Tara Metcalf, a sophomore from Eau Claire, and baritone/bass Johnathan Turba, a junior from Platteville, will present a voice recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The program will begin with a duet of "I Am In Need of Music" by Lori Laitman. Metcalf also will present selections by Antonio Vivaldi, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy and Benjamin Britten. Turba will perform pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, Gabriel Fauré and Stefano Donaudy. Turba and Metcalf will perform a duet for the final piece, "Lo Conosco a quegli ochietti" by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Sophomore Mary Zimmerman and senior David Hurd will assist on piano for the recital.

Thursday, April 3:

  • Professor of music Donald Patterson will present a piano recital and lecture, "The Andantino from Schubert's Sonata in D, Op. 959: A Presentiment of Death," at 5 p.m. in the Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
  • Guest artist Dr. Benjamin Pierce will present a tuba and euphonium recital at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Assisted on piano by Lyndon Meyer, Pierce will begin the program with his own arrangement of "Burleska" by Joseph Suk, followed by Wendy Wan-Ki Lee's "Secrets of the Paper Tiger" and a concerto by John Williams. Following an intermission, Pierce will continue with "Tuba-Triptychon" by Wilhelm von Grunclius, a concerto by Arild Plau and "II Canzone" by Jack Stamp. The final two selections will be "Tourmaline" by Peter Khristoskov and Pierce's arrangement of "Moto Perpetuo." Pierce is a member of the music faculty at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches euphonium and tuba and directs the tuba and euphonium ensemble. He has won first prize in several international tuba and euphonium competitions. His solo recordings, "Cheers" and "Wheels of Life," are available online.

Sunday, April 6:  

  • Donald Patterson, professor of music, will present a piano recital, "Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of the Acquisition of Our Bösendorfer Imperial Grand," at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The program will begin with Fantasy in C minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sonata in A Major by Franz Peter Schubert. Following an intermission, Patterson will continue with "Kinderszenen," Op 15 by Robert Alexander Schumann. The recital will conclude with Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 6 by Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki.

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