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October 26, 2001

November Concerts Scheduled at UW-RF
By Katie Vangsness
UW-RF News Bureau

The line-up of concerts offered in November by the UW-River Falls music department will include selections by Zeitgeist, a contemporary music ensemble; Mozart, performed by the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra and the UW-RF Concert Choir; and an opera techniques program. All concerts will be held in the William Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus, and are free and open to the public.

Zeitgeist will perform on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. The five-member contemporary music ensemble based in St. Paul, Minn., began in 1977. The group includes two UW-River Falls faculty; music Instructor Patti Cudd, who is a percussionist, and music Instructor Patrick O'Keefe, who plays woodwind instruments, clarinet and saxophone. A pianist, a violinist, and another percussionist round out the ensemble.

Most of the pieces the group plays were written within the last 20 years, and many specifically for Zeitgeist. For the concert, Zeitgeist will perform pieces by contemporary composers Annie Gosfield, Roger Kleier, and Terry Riley.

The UW-RF Concert Choir and St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform on Mondy, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., in honor of Mozart's 245th anniversary.

"Any excuse to play Mozart is good enough for me because it is a joy to play and perform his music," said UW-RF music Associate Professor Amelita Grace Cajiuat, who will direct the concert.

The St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra will begin the program with the overture from Mozart's opera, "Cosi fan Tutte." The remainder of the program will feature the UW-RF Concert Choir, soloists, and a clarinetist.

A surprise at the end of the concert to celebrate Mozartıs birthday will require audience participation, and a birthday reception will follow the concert.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m., UW-RF music instructor Joe Scheib will direct students in the Opera Techniques Scenes Program. The performance is drawn from a class for music education majors taught by Scheib. Two major scenes with solos will be performed.

Other concerts in November include:

•Nov. 4, 3 p.m. Faculty Recital-Carolyn Britton, piano.

•Nov. 10, 3 p.m. Guest Alumna Concert-Vicky Emerson, piano.

•Nov. 20, 8 p.m., UW-RF Brass Ensemble Concert Rick Gaynor, director

•Nov. 29, 8 p.m., Percussion Ensemble Concert, Patti Cudd, director For additional, call the UW-RF music department at 715/425-3183.

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