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Artist-in-residence Darren Woods on campus Sept. 30-Oct. 1

RELEASED: Sept. 27, 2010

Darren Woods
Darren Woods

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will welcome artist-in-residence Darren Woods to campus Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Woods' visit will begin with an audition master class at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The event will feature UW-Eau Claire music students. The events scheduled Oct. 1 include a presentation for the upper-level music course "Voice Pedagogy" at 9 a.m. in Room 159 of the Haas Fine Arts Center followed by a lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in The Dulany of Davies Center.

Other events will include a lecture titled "Young Artist Programs" at 1 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall, followed by a closed audition session at 4 p.m. Woods' visit will conclude with a "casual conversation" at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public except where noted.

Darren Woods is an American opera general director and operatic tenor. A graduate of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, he made his professional debut at the Santa Fe Opera as Don Curzio in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro." Some of his performance credits include appearances with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Connecticut Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as well as the Seattle Opera, with frequent performances at the Santa Fe Opera throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Woods became the artistic director of both the Shreveport Opera and the Seagle Music Colony in upstate New York. He retired from the stage in 2001, at which time he left his post in Shreveport to assume the position of artistic director of the Fort Worth Opera.

Woods' visit is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts, Opera Workshop Ensemble, NATS student chapter and the Newman Parish.

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