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Jazz Ensemble II performance to feature accomplished alumnus

RELEASED: Nov. 15, 2010

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Dr. Matt Pivec

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble II, under the direction of Bob Baca, professor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The performance will feature Dr. Matt Pivec, a 2000 UW-Eau Claire graduate, on saxophone.

Pivec also will conduct a free master class titled "Maximizing the Benefits of Solo Transcription" at 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in Room 139 of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The class is open to the public. Pivec's visit is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's jazz studies program.

Pivec has explored many different musical styles. As a performer of jazz and popular music, he has worked with Ray Charles, The Temptations, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and the national touring companies of "Hairspray," "42nd Street" and "The Producers."

As a band leader and soloist, Pivec has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States. His most recent CD, "Live at Snider Hall," was released in the spring 2008 to critical acclaim. In addition to his bachelor's degree in music education from UW-Eau Claire, Pivec holds a master of music degree in jazz studies and contemporary media as well as a doctor of musical arts degree in saxophone performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

Pivec currently serves as director of jazz studies at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. Prior to his appointment at Butler, he taught at California State University, Stanislaus and Cornell University. In 2006 he was named the Junior Faculty Member with Exceptional Promise by the CSUS College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences.

Jazz Ensemble II will begin its performance with Jule Styne's "Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night of the Week," featuring sophomore David Behm, Rosemount, Minn., on trombone. Next will be Sammy Nestico's arrangement of "London Bridge Is Falling Down," "Brecker Brac" by Tom Kubis and "September Song" by Kurt Weill, featuring the trombone section. Other selections include a rendition of Les Brown's "Sentimental Journey," featuring senior vocalist Kalah Halek, Maple Grove, Minn.; "Be Thou My Vision," Bill Dobbins' "Prism" and "Skylark" by Bob Brookmeyer; and "Cerulean Skies" and the closing song, "Days of Wine and Rose," both by Maria Schneider.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $5 for the general public; $3 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and free for students with a university ID.

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