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Feb. 16, 2007

UI Alumna Kristine Fletcher Will Give Guest Recital On Campus March 1

University of Iowa alumna Kristine K. Fletcher, a bassoonist who has performed as a solo and chamber musician throughout the country and around the world, will be assisted by fellow UI alum Richard W. Fletcher, clarinet, and pianist Beverly Soll on a UI guest recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

All three performers are on the faculty or the staff of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Works on the program will be:

-- Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon by Yuri Levitin (1894-1942), arranged for performance with piano;

-- "Cadénza Fiorita e Polacca," op. 42 by Ferdinand Seidel;

-- "Autour d'Absence" (Around absence) by Akira Miyoshi (b. 1933);

-- "Rumba" by Maurice Whitney (1909-1984); and

-- "Tico-Tico no Fubá" (Little bird in the corn meal), an iconic Brazilian popular song written by Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935) and popularized in the United States during the 1940s by Carmen Miranda.

Kristine Fletcher studied at the UI with Ronald Tyree. She teaches bassoon, woodwind methods and related subjects at UW-Eau Claire. She performs regularly as a member of the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet, the Sonora Reed Trio and as principal bassoonist of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. She has been a visiting fellow at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and has toured England and Scotland as a member of the Wisconsin-In-Scotland Chamber Players. In 2000 she established and became director of Cane Mutiny, UW-Eau Claire's Bassoon Ensemble. For more information, see her Web page at

Richard Fletcher studied at the UI with Himie Voxman. He teaches clarinet and saxophone at UW-Eau Claire and is also a member of the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet and the Sonora Reed Trio, and is principal clarinetist of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. As a Visiting Fellow at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music he had the privilege of studying the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) with virtuoso Goro Yamaguchi. A CD of trios for clarinet, bassoon and piano, "Clearly Three performs Trios from the Twentieth Century," is the result of his current research project in woodwind chamber music and provided the background for the March 1 concert. For more information, see his Web page at

Soll is arts/special events coordinator at UW-Eau Claire, pianist for the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and an active free-lance pianist throughout the upper Midwest. She has been a member of the faculties of the State University of New York-Geneseo, George Mason University and Wayne State College and has presented performances throughout the United States and in Germany. Her scholarly publications include articles on Aaron Copland and Max Reger, a three-volume collection of arias from the operas of African American composer William Grant Still and a 2005 comprehensive book on Still's operas, "I Dream a World,"

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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