|String quartet Brooklyn Rider to perform in Stevens Point|
Hailed as the “future of chamber music” by Strings magazine, Brooklyn Rider will perform in Stevens Point next month as part of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Performing Arts Series.
A string quartet, Brooklyn Rider will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Sentry Insurance’s Theatre @1800, 1800 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point. The series is presented in part by Country Inn and Suites of Stevens Point and Sentry Insurance.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $6 for youth. UW-Stevens Point students with ID may buy tickets in advance for $4.50 or be admitted free the day of the show if seats remain. Tickets may be purchased through the University Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center, 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378, or at http://tickets.uwsp.edu
Brooklyn Rider’s eclectic performances draw rave reviews from critics of classical, world and rock music. At home in both clubs and concert halls, the quartet has played venues as varied as Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress and Brooklyn’s Littlefield.
The group includes Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola and Eric Jacobsen on cello. All four were among those visiting UW-Stevens Point with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble in October 2012. As part of that group, they have performed around the world, recorded three albums and taken part in numerous educational residencies and concerts.
As a quartet, Brooklyn Rider has released seven albums and been featured on National Public Radio, WNYC radio and NY1 News TV in New York City. Its name was inspired by the array of cultures and artistic energy found in the members’ hometown.
|Grammy-winning Dame Evelyn Glennie performs at UW-Stevens Point|
Percussion virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie will perform at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and work with students March 10-11. She will play with the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble in a 7:30 p.m. concert March 11 in Michelsen Hall, Noel Fine Arts Center.
Tickets are $11.75 and may be purchased through the University Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center, 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378, or at http://tickets.uwsp.edu.
Dame Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create a full-time career as a solo percussionist. She has earned three Grammy Awards, including “best classical instrumental solo” this year, for her rendition of John Corigliano’s acclaimed percussion concerto, “Conjurer.”
She has been called one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians today for creating performances full of vitality. She has performed with the world’s greatest conductors, orchestras and artists including Nana Vasconcelos, Bela Fleck, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Taipei Traditional Chinese Orchestra. She had a lead role in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
“It really doesn’t get any bigger than this,” said Music Professor and Director of Bands Brendan Caldwell, who is coordinating her visit to UW-Stevens Point. “Yo-Yo Ma and Winton Marsalis were here, and they worked with students, but performed with their own ensembles. When Dame Evelyn performs, it’s with our Wind Ensemble.”
She also will work with UW-Stevens Point music students and faculty in a master class from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 10 and hold a question-answer session from 3 to 4 p.m. March 11, both in Room 221 of the Noel Fine Arts Center. These sessions and a rehearsal with the Wind Ensemble at 1 p.m. March 11 are open to the public. Area music instructors and students are welcome.
Born in Scotland, Glennie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London at age 19. She was awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007. She has been profoundly deaf since age 12. The film "Touch the Sound" and her enlightening TED talk (Technology, Entertainment, Design and more at TED.com) are testimonies to her world of sound creation knowledge and understanding.
“The Perception Project” is the theme of the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s guest artist series to raise sensory awareness among audiences through entertaining, enlightening events. “Dame Evelyn’s visit is an opportunity to reconsider one of our senses,” Caldwell said. “She can’t hear, but she listens better than most. She’s teaching the world how to listen through mindfulness.”
|Student Profile: Cullen Sutherland, Department of Music|
It is difficult to miss Cullen Sutherland. His six-foot, six-inch frame, spectacular baritone voice and enthusiastic smile captivate a room.
The oldest of six children, Cullen grew up in Wausau and dreamed of going to an East Coast school. But the music kept leading him to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“There are so many opportunities here, you just have to be open to them and go for it,” says Cullen, who spent a semester studying in London, took an audition master class with a famed opera coach and will spend this spring break singing with the UW-Stevens Point Concert Choir in Italy.
Cullen hopes to become a university professor, a trail he is blazing now.
While pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal performance and choral music education, with minors in German and international studies, Cullen teaches piano lessons and is the apprentice conductor for UW-Stevens Point’s Choral Union
, an ensemble of about 90 singers. In 2013, he was the co-choirmaster for a university Opera Workshop production of L'enfant et les Sortilèges,
and in 2010 the assistant musical director of Wausau East High School's production of SHOUT!
He also serves as the president of the music fraternity Delta Omicron, is in a student managerial position at the Dreyfus University Center, works as an intern in the International Programs
office on campus and is a waiter at a local restaurant.
Not surprisingly, his most difficult class was also his favorite—tap dancing. “I saw Singing in the Rain on stage in London, and I was determined to learn.”
With all the activities and opportunities, one aspect of his experience at UW-Stevens Point stands above the rest.
“My professors have always expressed an interest in me as a person,” Cullen says. “I have always been more than just a voice to them.”
Pointers are creative. Pointers are determined. Pointers are trailblazers.
|Arts Bash 2014 supports students in the arts|
An evening of visual art, design, dance and theater experiences at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will feature special guest emcee alumna Andrea Boehlke of CBS’s “Survivor.”
Arts Bash 2014 will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., featuring student dance and theater performances, an art sale, the ever-popular wearable sculpture show, art demonstrations, and fine food and drinks. The primary fundraiser for the Departments of Theatre and Dance and Art and Design, Arts Bash has raised more than $250,000 for student scholarships and programs since its inception in 2003.
A sale of donated artworks by professional artists, faculty, alumni and current students from the Department of Art and Design begins at 7 p.m., followed by student performances at 7:30 p.m. A dance party will begin around 9:30 p.m. with the event ending at 10:30 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Guests are encouraged to wear expressive attire.
In addition to hosting Arts Bash, Boehlke will offer a master class to UW-Stevens Point theatre students Friday, Jan. 31. A 2011 alumna of the Theatre and Dance Department, she competed in two seasons of “Survivor,” has co-hosted “The Better Show” and is a fashion blogger for Nu-Mode magazine. A Wisconsin native, Boehlke currently resides in New York City.
Tickets are $50 in advance at www.artsbash.com
or $75 at the door. For more information, contact Bobbie Erwin at 715-346-3956 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Event photos and links also are on the UW-Stevens Point College of Fine Arts and Communication Facebook page.
If you or your business is interested in becoming an Arts Bash 2013 sponsor, please contact Tricia Lee at email@example.com or 715-346-3056.
|Lawrence Appointed to Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program|
Assistant Professor Patrick Lawrence was recently appointed as a member of the 2014-15 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program. Members of this group are selected from among the University of Wisconsin System faculty and academic staff on the merit of their outstanding teaching. The experience gives participants at different points in their careers the opportunities to contemplate the nature of their own teaching and their students' learning, and to develop a network of gifted teacher-scholars throughout the UW System.
In addition to attending several Office of Professional and Instructional Development events, participants are expected to complete a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project, maintain an online poster of the project throughout the year, participate in a public presentation of the project at the annual spring conference and complete a final report/evaluation.