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UW-Eau Claire Composer and Musician to
Discuss Work Performed at Artists Series Event

RELEASED: Oct. 24, 2008

Dr. Ethan Wickman
Dr. Ethan Wickman

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Ethan Wickman will present "Music as Medium: Composing a Meditation for the Avalon String Quartet" at the First Fridays program for senior citizens Nov. 7.

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.

Wickman, assistant professor of music composition and theory at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will discuss his work, "Namasté," which was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.

"The piece was a conceptual one, inspired in part by the Hindu greeting namast, which roughly means the light (or divine) within me salutes the light within you," Wickman said. "I started thinking about a piece in which the color of one instrument anticipates and salutes the color of the next."

"Namasté" was premiered by the Avalon String Quartet at Northern Illinois University and Chicago Symphony Center in April. The quartet will perform the piece as part of its Artists Series concert at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 12. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center.

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

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 seventh season, First Fridays is coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler and Amanda Seveland of the University Centers Activities and Programs office and is hosted by Robert Rademaker, the 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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