Viterbo University Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series 2018-19 Opens with Wild West Sept. 15
Fri 4, 2019

Aug. 27, 2018

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The inaugural concert of the all-new Viterbo University Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 in the Fine Arts Center Nola Starling Recital Hall.

This new chamber music series, which is sponsored by the Viterbo music department, replaces the former One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series. This series is free of charge, but a freewill offering for the musicians will be collected during each concert.

Outstanding musicians (Artaria String Quartet, tenor Matt Curtis, soprano Sarah Richardson, pianist Michel Shestak, flutist Jonathan Borja, soprano Ann Schoenecker, horn player Heidi Wick, and more) will contribute their talents as part of the Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series. Concert-goers will hear a broad range of styles, and be introduced to the music of composer William Neil, an internationally acclaimed composer whose personality and works will be featured on the series.

“This new series is similar in all respects to the One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series, but is open to everyone free of charge,” said Viterbo music faculty member Mary Ellen Haupert. “I wanted to make this outstanding music accessible for everyone and I hope to pack the Nola Starling Recital Hall for all four of the Out-of-Our-Minds concerts.”

The first concert on Sept. 15 is titled Wild West, and will open with pianists Mary Ellen Haupert and Pamela Kelly performing Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down and Saturday Night Waltz for Two Pianos, Four Hands from Rodeo. The concert will feature music department alumni soprano Sarah Richardson and her sister pianist Michel Shestak performing two Libby Larsen song cycles, Cowboy Songs and My Antonia. The program will end with violinist Nancy Oliveros and pianist Mary Ellen Haupert performing John Adams’ Road Movies for Violin and Piano. 

Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. I’ve Got Rhythm will feature horn player Heidi Wick, tenor Matt Curtis, soprano Ann Schoenecker, pianist Mary Ellen Haupert, and Brett Robison and the 9th Street Singers. The concert will include George Gershwin’s Variations on “I’ve Got Rhythm” for Two Pianos, Markus Rindt’s Impressions on Jazz for Horn and Piano, and William Neil’s Cabaret Songs for Soprano and Piano, and selected vocal jazz arrangements for tenor and choir.

The Artaria String Quartet were regular performers in the One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series, and they will return to Viterbo Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. for Too Early, Too Late. This award-winning quartet will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 in F, Op. 92 Kabardinian and Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-Flat, Op. 130 and Op. 133 Grosse Fugue.

The final concert of the series will feature flutist Jonathan Borja and pianist Mary Ellen Haupert Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Silenced Composers, which features sonatas by Hindemith, Martinu, and Schulhoff, as well as a new work by composer William Neil.

The entertaining and educational concerts of the Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series are designed to usher in a new era of accessibility, opportunity, and exposure to high quality classical music.



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