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UW Faculty Recital Series ‘Backstage’ Sunday

January 30, 2013 — Jennie Dorris and Nicole RinerThe University of Wyoming Department of Music spring Faculty Recital Series continues with “Backstage Stories” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in the Fine Arts concert hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

“Backstage” features flutist Nicole Riner, a UW Department of Music faculty member, and guest Jennie Dorris, a Boston-based writer/percussionist. They will perform stories and music from the practice room to the stage. The concert features works for flute and marimba, combined with the two performers’ original narratives.

Dorris is a longtime Denver resident, and is well known locally for her work creating, directing and performing in the concert and reading series “Telling Stories,” which began as a live show in the coffee houses of Boulder, Colo. The program has spent its last two seasons on Colorado Public Radio.

Her work creating “Telling Stories” earned Dorris a “Westword Mastermind” award from Denver's Westword Magazine in 2010. She also brought “Telling Stories” to UW's New Music Festival, New Frontiers, in 2010.

Riner teaches flute and coaches chamber music at UW, where she has served as lecturer of flute since 2006. She also is active at the international level as a recitalist and teacher.

Her association with Dorris began in 2008 with the second season of “Telling Stories,” where Riner frequently performed as soloist and contributed occasional essays the last few years.

Like the original goal of the former “Telling Stories” concert series, the UW program will present contemporary chamber music in various styles interwoven with relevant personal narratives. The show is intimate, welcoming and breaks down the barriers between performer and audience for an “un-stuffy” feel to classical music.

The next performance in the spring Faculty Recital Series is at 7:30 Monday, Feb. 4, with “Sounds from the East.”

For more information, contact Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email

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