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Guest cello, piano recital set for March 14

RELEASED: March 8, 2011

Andre Gaskins Eli Kalman
Andre Gaskins Eli Kalman

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a guest artist recital featuring Andre Gaskins and Eli Kalman at 7:30 p.m. March 14 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Gaskins, a cellist, currently serves as the director of orchestral activities and cello at UW-Oshkosh. He has held previous conducting positions in Ohio with the Columbus Ballet Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus and the Columbus State University Philharmonic. Gaskins has enjoyed a career as a conductor, soloist and educator. In 2004 his recording of Martinu's "Concertino" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of best performance by a small ensemble.

Kalman, a pianist, is currently a member of the UW-Oshkosh music faculty. He has performed as both a soloist and chamber musician in Romania, Israel, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the U.S. and Canada. Kalman was a recipient of the Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for Excellence from UW-Madison and has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Emmanuel Music-Schumann Chamber Series in Boston and at the Myra Hess Series in Chicago, as well as other prestigious venues.

The concert will begin with pieces composed by Robert Schumann and Bilijiana Bozinovska. Dr. Tulio Rondn, assistant professor of music at UW-Eau Claire, will join the performance for a piece by G.F. Handel. Following the intermission and concluding the concert will be a piece composed by Johannes Brahms.

On March 14 Kalman will lead a piano master class at 8:30 a.m. and Gaskins will lead a cello master class at 2 p.m., both in Gantner Concert Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

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