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Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet to Perform for First Fridays Event May 1

RELEASED: April 22, 2009

Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet
Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet

EAU CLAIRE — The Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet will perform at the May 1 First Fridays senior colloquium, concluding the seventh season of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire program for senior citizens.

A free continental breakfast will precede the concert 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 performance will begin at 9 a.m.

The Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet is the resident faculty ensemble at UW-Eau Claire. Members are Tim Lane, flute; Christa Garvey, oboe; Richard Fletcher, clarinet; Kristine Klopfenstein Fletcher, bassoon; and Verle Ormsby, horn.

Each of the ensemble's members is an active solo recitalist as well as chamber musician, and each also is the primary UW-Eau Claire instructor for their instrument. Performing the traditional quintet literature and the most recent compositions by eminent and on-the-rise composers, the ensemble is known throughout the upper Midwest for its virtuoso performances.

The quintet presents public concerts on and off campus each year, along with workshops at high schools, colleges and conferences. The quintet has been featured at the International Wood Flute Conference, national meeting of Music Educators National Conference, and at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, Iowa Bandmasters Association and Wisconsin Music Educators Association. It has been heard on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Live from the Elvehjem," on Wisconsin Public Television and at various concert venues.

For the safety of the senior citizen audience, the May 1 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 are 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.

First Fridays is coordinated by Jennifer Brockpahler and Amanda Seveland of the 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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