Photo caption: German Marcano, cellist
We are excited to announce UW-Eau Claire’s Music and Theatre Arts Department’s 2020-2021 Guest Artist Series! Because of the pandemic, this series will look different, but we are now able to welcome in more guest artists than ever before, virtually! The series offers opportunities for students and faculty to work with over thirty artists in music, theatre, and dance. It involves concerts, masterclasses, and presentations in virtual formats. These real-world experiences and interactions are even more valuable than ever during this period of social distancing.
The Guest Artist Series serves many functions. It is an opportunity to bring in artists who will address diverse topics. The Choral Area is hosting Mollie Stone, who is a Chicago native internationally renowned for her workshops on traditional Black South African music, and Coreen Duffy, who is from the University of Montana and specializes in Jewish choral music. German Marcano, who is one of the most important cellists in the Latin American music scene, will give a masterclass and talk about Latin American cello works. Another purpose of the series is to explore new areas of specialty, such as with Käthe Jarka, who is an Alexander Technique specialist from the Twin Cities, or Matthew Bengston, from the University of Michigan who will perform a virtual recital of Baroque and Classical music on the fortepiano. Three singers, who have all performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, as well as at many other major international opera houses, will bring their experiences to college students preparing to embark on their own careers. The artists often work with students in particular courses, such as Bill Kincaid, the author of Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed: A Practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare (Routledge Press, 2018), who will work with students in an advanced acting class on the tricks and tools of dissecting Shakespeare’s language. Tyrone Mitchell-Henderson, an accomplished stage and screen actor who works primarily out of New York City, will offer a workshop on the “business of the business” regarding working as a professional actor.
The Guest Artist Series is supported by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the Music and Theatre Arts Department. Check the Calendar of Events on the Music and Theatre Arts Department website for specific dates and times.