UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The Department of Music presents a full schedule of in-person public performances each academic year, both free and ticketed, and many of which are also livestreamed.

Ticketed events are available for sale at the BCPA Box office website, or by stopping in person or calling the BCPA Box Office at 307-766-6666 during normal business hours (Monday -Friday, 12:00 -6:00p.m. and one hour before performances) 

Each scheduled livestreamed concert will be assigned its own link below, which you may access from your computer or other device. Recorded videos will be accessible from this page as they become available.

Check out all video content, including livestreams, on UW Music's YouTube channel.

We hope you are able to join us for some or all of our performances this year!

(Check out the Fall 2023 Archive, Spring 2023 Archive, Fall 2022 Archive, Spring 2022 Archive, Fall 2021 Archive, Spring 2021 Archive, and the Fall 2020 Archive to access recent concerts and recordings.)

 

 

 

Stellar Brass

The Stellar Brass

Monday, April 22, 5:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, free

Described by the International Trumpet Guild as "an ensemble full of variety, panache and virtuosity," Stellar Brass is an original and innovative brass quintet performing a broad range of eclectic, musical styles. They are dedicated to providing unwavering support for the training of the Air Force Academy Cadets, and to the unique telling of the Air Force story nationwide. Stellar Brass has represented the United States Air Force as musical ambassadors through internationally distributed audio and video recordings and broadcasts, and are nationally recognized and respected as clinicians, presenting university, college, and high school master classes.


Spring Swing

Jazz Combo Showcase

Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall

Directed by Andy Wheelock, Seth Lewis, and Ryan Fourt

The UWYO Jazz Combos take to the stage to perform jazz standards, arrangements, and original works.

 

 


Jazz Combo Showcase

Wyoming Jazz Ensemble and Ensemble II

Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

Directed by Andy Wheelock and Ogechi Ukazu

UW Jazz Ensemble II and the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble have an incredible evening of big band repertoire, including erverything from swing to salsa, that is sure to make you want to dance.

 

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Piano Music of South America

Piano Music of Latin America

Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, free

Featuring Brazilian pianist Lúcia Barrenechea

Join UW Music in welcoming guest pianist  Lúcia Barrenechea for a program of music featuring Latin American composers.

Barrenechea teaches at UNIRIO - Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and has taught for several prestigious music festivals in Brazil, including Villa-Lobos Festival in Rio de Janeiro and the International Summer Festival in Brasilia.

As a soloist, Barrenechea has performed with several Brazilian orchestras. As a chamber pianist, she has performed with many prominent musicians, both in Brazil and abroad, and recorded a wide range of chamber music repertoire. She and her husband, flutist Sergio Barrenechea, perform as Duo Barrenechea, and released recordings in 2008, 2011, and 2015.


Wine Dark Sea

UW Wind Symphony: Wine Dark Sea

Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

Spanning a diverse palette of musical styles and genres, from ancient to now, John Mackey's seminal 2014 work "Wine-Dark Sea" take its title and structure from Homer's "Odyssey", with each of the three movements an ancapsulation of the pivotal moments of Odysseus' travels.

 

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Stanilas Sextet

Stanilaus Sextet

Monday, April 29, 7:00 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall

Join the Stanilaus Sextet, featuring Laurent Causse, Violin/Viola, Rémy Chopinez, Violin, John Fadial, Violin/Viola, Paul Fenton, Viola, Jean de Spengler, Cello, and Beth Vanderborgh, Cello for a free, public program of music by Claude Debussy, Rcihard Strauss, and Antonín Dvořák.

The Stanislas Sextet associates the members of the Stanislas Quartet and two American musiciens, the violonist and viola player, John Fadial, and the cellist Beth Vanderborgh. They met in Nancy in 1994 and decided to explore together the magnificent repertoire for string sextets. In 1996 they gave their first concert in the Salle Poirel in Nancy, followed by a tour of America, which took them successively to West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and finally Washington, where their interpretation of the first sextet of Brahms was particularly appreciated by the critic of the Washington Post.

Since then the Stanislas Sextet has regularly performed on both sides of the Atlantic, with undeniable success. Between 1997 and 2000 it led the French-American Academy of Strings, which takes place successively in Mirecourt, the cradle of French string instrument fabrication, and the University of West Virginia. In October 2006, the Stanislas Sextet was invited in residence at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where master-classes alternated with concerts in Greensboro and in other towns in North Carolina. The concert given in the Fine Arts Museum of North Carolina in Raleigh, capital of the State, resulted in an enthusiastic article in Classical Voice. In 2012, they were invited to give some concerts and masterclasses  at the University of Wyoming , where John and Beth  are now professors.

The Stanislas Sextet has celebrated his 20th anniversary in 2016 in France, giving several concerts  in Nancy and in Lorraine, and some masteclasses at the Conservatoire. Forgotten Records released at this occasion a CD presenting the string sextet by Dvorak and Verklärte Nacht by Schönberg, recorded live salle Poirel  in March and May 2016.

 


Community band

UW Symphonic and Community Band

Monday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

The UW Symphonic and Community Bands perform in a combined concert.

 

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Mozart Requiem

UWSO: The Mozart Requiem

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

Conducted by Dr. Michael Griffith

Featuring:

Sabina Balsamo, soprano
Amanda Silva, mezzo-soprano
John Lindsey, tenor
Erik Erlandson, baritone
UW Choirs


Ives, The Unanswered Question
Schubert/Luck, Erlkönig
Verdi, Addio, del passato from La Traviata
Puccini, E lucevan le stele from Tosca
Coleman, Seven O’Clock Shout
Mozart, Requiem

 

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PAST SPRING 2024 EVENTS

McGee, Hafey, Przygocki Recital

Blake McGee, Brooks Hafey, and James Przygocki

Sunday, January 21, 3:00 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE

UW Faculty Emeritus Jim Przygocki (viola) and Chadron State University's Brooks Hafey (piano) join UW Clarinetist Blake McGee in a recital of music old and newby Schumann, Jacob, and Lowell Lieberman, showcasing a variety of styles and time periods.


Dusk 'til Dawn

Sohap Ensemble: Dusk 'til Dawn

Saturday, January 27, 5:00 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE

Sohap Ensemble is thrilled to present 'Dusk 'Til Dawn," a free concert of new classical music. This performance features core ensemble members soprano Sabina Balsamo and cellist Chas Barnard, as well as guest artist, pianist Barbara Noyes.

This concert explores the intricate relationship between the beauty of the human experience and the relentless march of time, in which the ensemble invites you to be present for all the small, joyful moments that could pass you by unnoticed.

“Dusk Till Dawn” features unrecorded works by renowned composers Tom Cipullo, Steven Mark Kohn, and Griffin Candey, as well as fresh interpretations of pieces by Scott Gendel, Errollyn Wallen, and Valerie Capers.

The performance will be complemented by text projections on stage and information about the pieces between sets, providing an immersive experience for the community.


Becker-Bogard Duo

Becker-Bogard Duo

Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE

Karen Becker, cellist, Theresa Bogard, pianist

The Becker-Bogard Duo will perform works by Beethoven, Mélanie Hélène Bonis, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and George Walker. In October 2023 the Duo released their CD American Landscapes, which includes the Barber Sonata, Libby Larsen’s Juba, Atlanta composer Laurence Sherr’s Elegy and Vision for solo cello, Missouri composer Warren Gooch’s Monodies, and the Sonata by George Walker (you will hear the Walker on today’s concert). The recording, released on the Centaur label, is available for streaming on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and ArkivMusic.


The Flute On Its Feet

Zara Lawler: The Flute On Its Feet

Monday, February 12, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

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Julliard-trained flutist, dancer, and teacher Zara Lawler (also known as “The Flute on Its Feet”) will visit UW for a three-day residency February 11-13, 2024.

Events include a pre-performance open rehearsal, workshops, and the public recital.

Zara is the original dancing flutist; her work has spawned a small cadre of flutists who work in a similar vein. She was already known for her unique combination of these two artforms when she created her choregraphed version of Berio’s Sequenza, a piece titled Time Frame in which she performs the Sequenza while dancing in and around a moving metal frame (watch here). This had an international impact.

Zara’s current work is more New York-centric, including a choreographed musical staging of works mentioned in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (in progress) and the first fully realized performance of an historically important piece by NYC composer Ezra Laderman, written for legendary dancer/choreographer Jean Erdman and an unknown solo flutist, which she is offering to premiere here at UW.

Beyond her genre-defying performances, Zara is first and foremost a teacher.  She is Suzuki-certified and serves as a leading authority on learning extended techniques for flutists. She also teaches an introductory version of dancing-while-playing to all instrumentalists, both as an artform in its own rite and as a tool to connect more deeply with the rhythm and expression inherent in any music that students are playing. And as a freelance flutist based in New York, she also has vast experience booking and producing shows and funding her work through a variety of sources. Says Dr. Nicole Riner, flute professor at UW and her sponsor for this visit, “Her visit will be impactful to the entire music department, by teaching creativity and expression, physical awareness and control, and entrepreneurial skills, in addition to producing an entirely unique show like nothing our students have ever seen. There is no other flute artist quite like Zara anywhere in the world.”

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Wind symphony

UW Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

LIVESTREAM

The University of Wyoming Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band present “Revelry: A Soundtrack for the Human Experience."

Conducted by Ogechi Ukazu with guest student conductors Amber Sturdevant and Logan Dominguez, the concert features the Symphonic Band playing pieces by Casey Martin, Viet Cuong, and Jennifer Jolley and UW Wind Symphony playing pieces by Ron Nelson, Joseph Turrin, John Mackey, and Omar Thomas.

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UWYO Jazz Festival 2024

UW Jazz Festival Concert

Monday, February 26, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

Don't miss this incredible double-feature concert!

Andy Wheelock brings his Whee3trio, featuring Gonzalo Teppa and Walter Gorra, to UWYO to perform alongside guitar virtuoso, Gilad Hekselman.

Ben Markley's star-studded quintet ft. Kyle Swan, Steve Kovalcheck, and Wil Swindler are joined by world-renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker.

 

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UWSO

UW Symphony Orchestra: Crouching Tiger

Thursday, February 29, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

A Grammy and Oscar winning concerto. A symphony by the dean of African-American composers. An overture by one of the greatest Italian opera composers. Have such varied and fascinating scores ever been combined into one concert? Come hear them yourself, as the UW Symphony plays their Crouching Tiger concert on February 29, at 7:30 in the Buchanan Center Concert Hall.

Cellist Beth Vanderborgh will play Tan Dun’s fascinating Crouching Tiger Concerto, from the 2020 film score that was recorded by Yo-Yo Ma. Rod Garnett will return to Laramie to play the Asian flute parts. The music features an astonishing solo cello part, many ancient and traditional percussion instruments, and flute parts using exotic members of that woodwind family. It won the 2001 Academy and Grammy Awards for best film scores, and will sound both unusual yet familiar at the same time.

William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 2, “Song of a New Race,” ends a trilogy of works that depict Black experiences. The music, which depicts a vision of a free Black people in an integrated America, had its premiere in 1937, with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. While living in New York in the 1920s, Still was part of the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the first Black composers to have a symphony performed by a major symphony orchestra, in 1935 with the New York Philharmonic. The music of his Second Symphony is at times blues-inflected, with dance, folk, ragtime, call-and-response, and big-band jazz influences.

The Overture to Verdi’s great opera La Forza del Destino will be the most traditional sounding symphonic piece on the concert. Premiered in 1862, the overture is a dramatic, intense, and ultimately triumphant curtain-raiser. The brass will have a workout, especially the trombones, as Verdi’s seething music prepares the audience for this story of doomed interracial love.

Audiences should enjoy this concert for the guest musicians as much as for the music. Beth Vanderborgh, cello, Rod Garnett, traditional flutes, and David Leibowitz, guest conductor, will all share the spotlight.

Cello soloist Beth Vanderborgh enjoys a rich and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue. Professor of Cello at UW, Dr. Vanderborgh is Principal Cellist of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, on the Artist-Faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra and is acting Principal Cello of the Pro-Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra.  She also performs regularly with the Colorado Chamber Players and the Colorado Symphony, is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia. The Classical Voice of North Carolina described her playing as, “Impeccable musicianship, rhythmic precision, technical expertise and expansive, passionate musicianship. Gorgeous music, exquisitely performed, and I do not believe I have overdone the superlatives.” Her most recent CD, with the Stanislas Sextet, of Brahms and Dvorak sextets was recorded by Radio France and released in 2018 by the European label, Forgotten Records.

The concert will be led by guest conductor David Leibowitz, the Music Director of the award-winning New York Repertory Orchestra. For many years, Mr. Leibowitz was on the conducting staff of the Rome Festival Opera (Italy), leading opera, ballet, and concert performances, and was the Orchestra Director of the Siena (Italy) Summer Music Festival. In the New York City area, he has conducted the Massapequa Philharmonic, Astoria Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Centre Symphony Orchestra, New York Festival Singers, Litha Orchestra, and the Music at St. Paul’s Series at Columbia University. He has also worked with the Dance Theater of Harlem. A dedicated music educator, Mr. Leibowitz has conducted the Third Street Philharmonia at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City, and was the Orchestra Director at the City College of New York. In 2011, Mr. Leibowitz was an award winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting and the American Prize in Orchestral Programming.

Emeritus Professor of Flute Rod Garnett will return to Laramie for Crouching Tiger. The music calls for Asian flutes of various sized, and Dr. Garnett’s fascination with world flutes will bring much of the music to life. His work with the traditional music ensembles “Colcannon” and “Lights Along the Shore” are fondly remembered by Laramie audiences, and we are indeed fortunate that he will return to Laramie for this concert.

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Cowboys, Sing On!

UW Choirs: "Cowboys, Sing On!"

Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

Join UW Choirs, cConducted by Brian Murray, O’Neil Jones, and Emily Peterson, and featuring Alisson Garcia, Francine Cancian, and Isabella Araújo, piano and Kathryn Harding, guitar, for an evening of choral music. 

The concert is free and open to all, and will feature the UW Civic Chorus, 7220 Blues, Bel Canto, Festival Treble Singers, Happy Jacks, UW Singing Statesmen, Festival Tenor/Bass Singers, and UW Collegiate Chorale.

The program will include selections by Ysaye Barnwell, Robert DeCormier, David N. Childs, Eric William Barnum, Ruth Moody, Robert Schumann, Jacob Narverud, Laura Farnell, Knut Nystedt, Nathaniel Dett, René Clauson, and Laura Farnell.


Spadino Pippa and Han

Guest Artist Recital: Sikone Spadino-Pipa, violin, Jowin Han, piano

Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE

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UW Music presents award-winning Italian violinist Simone Spadino Pippa with faculty pianist Jiwon Han performing a program featuring music for violin and piano by Brahms, Paganini, Shor-Pletnev, and Ravel.

Spadino Pippa, hailed by Spanish composer Martinez Burgos for the “rare mixture of strength and delicacy in [his] performances,” has played as a soloist and chamber musician in prestigious concert halls all over the world.

Award-winning South Korea-born pianist, conductor, and educator Jiwon Han has appeared in major concert venues around the world, performing with chamber music ensembles, as a collaborative pianist, and as an orchestral pianist in a wide range of genres. 


Harley-Fadial Duo

Harley-Fadial Duo Recital

Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall, FREE

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Join the critically acclaimed Harley-Fadial Duo in a concert of great English music for Violin and Piano, including Vaughan-Williams and Elgar.

"Over my years with Fanfare, I’ve reviewed countless recordings of Brahms’s violin sonatas. Some I’ve panned, others I’ve praised. But I can honestly say that I’ve never heard these works played like this. John Fadial and Andrew Harley bring an interpretive vision to the music, which, in my experience, is unique and, crucially, convincing and compelling. Of the two-dozen or more versions I have of these sonatas on my shelf—a number of which I really like—I can see myself reaching for Fadial and Harley before any of the others. Urgently recommended." Jerry Dubins


Unheard-of Ensemble

Unheard-of Ensemble

Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE

LIVESTREAM

UW Music presents Unheard-of ensemble as part of a three-day residency that also includes workshops and recording sessions, the concert is free and open to all. 

The program will feature music by Robert McClure, NNUX, Jessica Meyer, Vicki Nguyen, and premieres of two works by UW faculty member Nicolas Chuaqui.

Unheard-of will also present a free, public Composer Workshop-Performance. on March 22 at 4:00 p.m. BCPA Recital Hall

Brooklyn-based Unheard-Of ensemble, Ford Fourqurean (clarinet), Matheus Souza (violin), Iva Casian-Lakoš (cello), and Daniel Anastasio (piano), is a quartet of musicians dedicated to connecting new music to communities in New York and across the United States through the development and performance of adventurous programs using technology and interactive multimedia.


Italian Baroque Sonatas

Italian Baroque Sonatas

Monday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE

LIVESTREAM

UW Music welcomes Eminent Artists-in-Residence, Augusta McKay Lodge (Baroque violin) and Hanneke van Proosdij (harpsichord), from march 24 through march 26 on teh UW campus.

Public events for the residency include:

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 7:00-9:30PM, BCPA RECITAL HALL
Masterclass (open to all and livestreamed) 

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 7:30PM, RECITAL HALL
Concert in Recital Hall (free and livestreamed) @ 7:30 PM

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 1:00PM, BCPA 1016 
Public Lecture/Workshop: "Musician Training: How to Make High-Quality Performance Videos" 

Augusta McKay Lodge is an award-winning historically informed violinist, enjoying a blossoming career as leader and soloist at a young age. Already an experienced leader in the field, McKay Lodge performs regularly as concertmaster with Les Arts Florissants and Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, and recently with Opera Fuoco at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. She has also guest directed the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players as a substitute for Richard Egarr. In the past, she has held concertmaster of Bach Akademie Charlotte, The American Classical Orchestra, and Teatro Nuovo.

Hanneke van Proosdij is an award-winning music director, conductor, keyboard and recorder player, and composer. She is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of her playing. As Co-director and co-founder of the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music she has released more than 420 videos to an audience of over 120 million viewers. Hanneke performs regularly as a soloist and continuo specialist and is principal early keyboard player with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the FestspielOrchester Göttingen. She has appeared regularly with Hesperion XX, Concerto Palatino, American Bach Soloists. Concerto Köln, Chanticleer, the LA Phil, the Dallas Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchester and the Arcadian Academy. She received her solo and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she studied recorder, harpsichord and composition. Hanneke is a cofounder of the Junior Recorder Society, now in its 23rd year, and directs, together with Rotem Gilbert, the SFEMS Recorder Workshop. She has recorded over 100 discs for Magnatune, BIS, Koch, Musica Omnia, Carus, AVIE, Accent and Delos. Hanneke teaches recorder at UC Berkeley and has been guest professor at Stanford, Oberlin, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Wisconsin and the University of Vermont.


Zion Piano Trio

Zion Piano Trio

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE

Join Utah's Zion Piano Trio for an evening of music for violin, cello, and piano by Debussy, Turina, and Schubert.

The Zion Trio has been bringing major works from the standard repertoire for piano trio to southern Utah for several years. Violinist Paul Abegg is Professor of Music and Director of Strings and Orchestras at Utah Tech University. Originally from Hong Kong, cellist Ka-Wai Yu is also teaching at Utah Tech University and directs the string chamber music program there. Pianist Christian Bohnenstengel is from southern Germany and serves as Director of Keyboard Studies at Southern Utah University.

The Zion Trio's diverse repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, Ravel, Shostakovich, and Paul Schoenfield. The trio has recently performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Orchestra of Southern Utah, and was featured at the Utah American String Teachers Association’s Midwinter Workshop.


Virtuoso Gems from the Piano Literature

Virtuoso Gems from the Piano Literature

Featuring Ksenia Nosikova, concert pianist

Sunday, April 7, 3:00 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall

UW Music is proud to present acclaimed concert pianist Ksenia Nosikova performing “Virtuoso Gems from the Piano Literature,” Sunday, April 7, at 3:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the performing Arts Concert Hall.

The concert is free and open to all, and will feature music by J.S. Bach, Rachmaninoff, Clementi, Beethoven, and Liszt.

Dr. Nosikova has been praised as “First rate” (Fono Forum), “Full of dramatic intensity” (International Piano), “Phenomenal instrumentalist; absorbing, dramatic, compelling, and riveting” (Fanfare Magazine), “Impressive musicianship, musically very poetic” (Boston Globe), and “Refined sensibility and exquisite pianism” (New York Concert Reviews).

A graduate of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and University of Colorado, Nosikova currently serves as a Professor and Chair of Piano Department at the University of Iowa and a member of the artist faculties of Wiener MusikSeminar International Master Classes (Austria). She is a member of the American Liszt Society’s National Board of Directors and Artistic Director of the “Key Change: Piano Revolutionaries” and Piano Sundays at Old Capitol” Concert Series. Nosikova is a Steinway Artist and 2021 and 2022 Steinway Teacher Hall of Fame inductee.


Christine Honein recital

A Musical Voyage from Seville to Beirut

Featuring guest artist Christine Honein, soprano

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, free

UW Music presents guest artists Christine Honein, soprano, and Jeremy Page, piano, performing “A Musical Voyage from the Seville to Beirutl".

The program will feature art songs by Mediterranean composers including Jules Massenet, Georges Bizet, Jules Massenet, Joaquìn Nin, Eduard Toldrà, Isaac Albéniz, Richard Pearson Thomas, Wajdi Abou Diab, Iyad Kanaan, Iyad Kanaan

Praised for her vocal clarity, crystalline coloratura, and abundant musicality, Lebanese-American soprano Christine Honein has been featured on stages in the United States and the Middle East performing concert work as well as opera.

Pianist Jeremy Reger is currently a vocal coach and the Head of Music Staff and the Choir Master of Eklund Opera at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is also the music director and coach for CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW). In addition to his duties at the university, Dr. Reger maintains a busy performing schedule. 


UWSO Concertmaster Fund Recital

UWSO: Concertmaster Fund Recital

Featuring Giovanna Volpi, violin

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

Symphony audiences are used to this ritual: the houselights dim, and out walks the concertmaster. They tune the orchestra, and the concert begins. But unless the orchestra plays something with concertmaster solos, we seldom get to hear them alone. That is about the change.

On Thursday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m. the UWSO will continue its tradition of showcasing wonderfully talented concertmasters as soloists. The annual Concertmaster Fund Recital will be presented in the Buchanan Center Recital Hall, followed by a reception for all ticket-holders. It will be your opportunity to chat with the soloists and other supporters of classical music. Wonderful music, wonderful food, wonderful company, what more can you ask?

UW Symphony concertmaster Giovanna Volpi will be joined by pianist Augusto Barbieri in works by Debussy, Ravel, and de Falla. Cellist Jaxon Cox, violist Bryce Allen, and violinist Michael Vitanza will join Ms. Volpi in Schumann’s String Quartet No. 3. This quartet just played this piece on the UWSO’s tour concerts in France and Spain.

This event will be in our beautiful Recital Hall, so seating is limited. Order your special tickets now. Musically, this will show you the very best UW has to offer, and is an incredibly good cause as well. Tickets for this special fund-raising event are $40.00. University funding for our Concertmaster Fellowship has dwindled over the years, so this event is designed to strengthen the endowment that funds our Moore Concertmaster Fellowships. It’s an excellent cause. We sincerely hope many of you can attend.


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UW Percussion Festival Featured Concert

Featuring Joe Moore II and Von Hansen

Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

Directed by Christian De La Torre and Dr. Andy Wheelock

Join the UWYO Percussion Ensemble with special guests Joe Moore III and Von hansen, as they perform incredibly exciting new works for percussion ensemble.

 

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Ari Hoenig Trio

Ari Hoenig Trio

Sunday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, Free

UW Jazz Studies is proud to present the Ari Hoenig Trio, Gadi Lehavi, piano; Ben Tiberio bass; and Ari Hoenig, drums.

Ari Hoenig is a jazz drummer, composer, and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance.

"Ari Hoenig combines jaw-dropping intensity, phenomenal technique, and visionary perspective, making him a major force in jazz's evolution through the 21st century" — Rick Mason Minneapolis/St Paul City Pages

"From the physical mayhem of Ari Hoenig’s drumming — limbs flailing, face contorted in agonized delight — comes music of unsurpassed depth and control." - David Adler-Philadelphia Weekly

"Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz." — JAZZ TIMES

“Rhythm is a contact sport for Ari Hoenig” — Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES

"Ari Hoenig is a Magician!" — BATTEUR MAGAZINE

"Ari Hoenig, a disconcerting phenomenon of the drums" — JAZZMAN MAGAZINE" 


Theremin: From Hollywood to Wyoming

Front Range Chamber Players

Theremin: Hollywood to Colorado

Monday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

With

Lara Wickes, theremin; Nicholas Tisherman, oboe; Theresa Bogard, piano; Erik Peterson and Ron Francois, violins; Philip Stevens, viola; Joseph Howe, cello

In a program of music including:

Ludwig BEETHOVEN: String Quartet, op. 74 “Harp” in E flat Major

Camille SAINT-SAENS: Sonata for Oboe and Piano

Bohslav MARTINU: Fantasia for Theremin, Oboe, Piano and String Quartet

 

FEATURED PERFORMER

Oboist Lara Wickes learned about the theremin as a high school student in Corvallis, Oregon.  Following up on a recommendation at a local video store, she watched the documentary Theremin, An Electronic Odyssey, with her parents.  She was intrigued by the instrument.  That December, she found an unusual box under her Christmas tree.  It was a theremin.  Her father used the then primitive internet to find a kit and built the theremin as a gift for Lara.

Lara’s musical talents helped as she taught herself to play and occasionally performed the theremin in ensembles.  In college, her teacher, oboist David Weiss, also played the theremin and recommended Lara to play the theremin with the youth orchestra.  Lara was invited to play theremin at Carnegie Hall as part of an orchestra ensemble, at which time, she upgraded to a more professional level instrument.

Lara’s primary instrument is the oboe, and she is Principal Oboe for the Pasadena, Santa Barbara, New West Symphonies.  She enjoys the opportunities playing the theremin offers.  She coached Jim Parsons for an episode of The Big Bang Theory.  She played the Halloween themes on the theremin for several episodes of The Simpsons.

Wickes explains that the theremin is the first electronic instrument.  The volume is controlled with the left hand and the pitch with the right.  Moving closer to the instrument offers higher pitches.  Most theremin players are self-taught and those few who play often learn from each other.  With the advance of the internet since Lara received her theremin under her Christmas tree, there is now a wealth of instructional videos and tips for learning online.

Lara is excited to perform on her theremin with Front Range Chamber Players this spring.


Master Brazilian drummer, Jorge Alabe with the UWYO Percussion Ensemble

A Rhythmic World: Brazilian Percussion Concert

Featuring Jorge Alabe

Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall

Directed by Dr. Andy Wheelock

Join the UWYO Samba Bateriá as they perform alongside of Brazilian master drummer, Jorge Alabe.  This concert will see the UWYO Percussion Studio join forces with local secondary schools and the Laramie community.

In conjunction with the concert, two free community dance and percussion workshops will be held Wednesday, April 17, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 18, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.

Those interested in participating should contact Andrew Wheelock at awheeloc@uwyo.edu for more information.

Master drummer Jorge Alabê grew up in Rio de Janeiro immersed in the rich musical culture of Brazil, becoming a master in samba percussion as well as in the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of candomblé. He is an “Alabê” connected with the oldest candomblé house established in Brazil, Casa Branca; the title “Alabê” indicates that Jorge has attained the highest level in drumming and leading of rituals in the candomblé religion and signifies deep experience and authority.

Jorge’s deep history and skill developed as he grew up playing Afro-Brazilian and samba rhythms in Rio, and has taken him around the world as the director of percussion with the legendary performing company Oba Oba. He has played percussion with the highest-level samba groups in Rio and also served as the rhythm director of Minas Gerais Samba School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Jorge has performed in recordings with Brazilian stars Milton Nascimento and Martinho da Vila, and appeared on Globo TV in Brazil during 1978–1980 on the entertainment program Brasil Pandeiro.

Jorge is an acknowledged percussion master and a popular and dedicated performer and teacher now based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Øystein Baadsvik

Øystein Baadsvik, tuba 

with Theresa Bogard, piano

Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, free

Praised as “…the most remarkable tuba player I have ever heard,” (Barry Tuckwell, legendary hornist), Baadsvik is internationally known for his virtuoso technique and extraordinary musicality as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist.

In 1991, Øystein was awarded a two-year grant to support his musical endeavors by the Norwegian state.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, performing works recorded on his CD, “Danzas,” on the BIS label.

With over five million views on YouTube, Baadsvik is sought after worldwide, having performed as a soloist with many renowned orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Taipei National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orchestra Victoria of Melbourne, Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Radio Orchestra, Gdansk Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, and the Singapore Philharmonic.

Driven by the joy of musical exploration, Baadsvik has premiered over 50 solo works and expanded the tuba repertoire with his own compositions. In 2017, he gave the first TEDx Talk about the tuba.


   
   

 

 
 
 
 
 






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