Faculty reed trio to perform at scholarship event

March 5, 2015
Reed trio

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host “Driftless Winds and Friends: Mozart and Marinara” on Friday, March 27, at the First English Lutheran Church in Platteville, Wis., at 5 p.m. The event will pair a spaghetti dinner with performances of chamber works by W.A. Mozart to raise money for the UW-Platteville Music Scholarship Fund. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

The dinner will be provided by Sigma Alpha Iota-Theta Iota Chapter, a student organization at UW-Platteville that promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music. Cost of the event is $5 for dinner only, $5 for concert only, or $7 for both. Tickets are available for presale or at the door. Everyone is welcome.

A selection of Mozart’s chamber works will be performed by the Driftless Winds Trio, a UW-Platteville faculty reed trio comprised of Dr. Galit Kaunitz, lecturer of oboe; Corey Mackey, lecturer of clarinet; and Dr. Jacqueline Wilson, assistant professor of music. The trio, an active chamber music ensemble based in the tri-state region that performs recitals, clinics and master classes throughout the upper-Midwest, has been featured at the Tri-State Honors Band Festival and the Noon Musicales chamber music series in Madison, Wis.

Repertoire will include “Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452” and “Serenade in C Minor, K. 388,” both by W.A. Mozart.

The event will feature special guests Dr. Elaina Burns, piano; Dr. Rebecca Chambers, horn; Elizabeth Pierce, oboe; Maria Hayden, bassoon; Amanda Russell, horn; and Lucas Randall, clarinet.

“Driftless Winds Trio would like college education to be as affordable as possible for our students, and also would like to attract incoming talented student musicians to our campus,” said Kaunitz. “My favorite aspect of playing with this ensemble is the high level of artistry we seek to achieve, and I feel very grateful to share this experience with my talented colleagues and students.”

Upcoming Driftless Winds concerts include recitals at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich.; Highland College in Freeport, Ill.; and a residency at Avaloch Chamber Music Institute in Boscowen, N.H. Driftless Winds is also scheduled to visit James Madison Memorial High School in Madison and Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Wis.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The “Driftless Winds and Friends: Mozart and Marinara” concert aligns with four of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect, controlling our own destiny and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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