Friday Features - August 8, 2014
Music faculty to perform in Faculty Gala
To kick off the 2014-15 academic year, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville music faculty will perform in the Faculty Gala on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts.
This special concert combines the talents of the music department’s faculty who are renowned in their respective fields of specialization and are active performers in the tri-state area. The afternoon will be filled with musical solo performances, ensembles and unique collaborations.
“This concert is a great way to get university students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, excited about making music,” said Dr. Thomas Dickey, director of orchestral activities at UW-Platteville. “It will expose them to types of music that they may not have an opportunity to hear on a regular basis, which will expand the depth of their musical experiences.”
The concert is part of a larger faculty music series. Future events include recitals by Kassia: Women in Song, a faculty vocal chamber ensemble that performs the works of female composers and poets; Driftless Winds, a faculty woodwind trio; and a recital of piano music and poetry.
“UW-Platteville’s music faculty members recognize that cultural-aesthetic enrichment is a vital part of university life,” said Dickey. “One of our goals is to provide high-quality, instructional experiences through performances by faculty and guest artists, such as those who will perform at the Faculty Gala. We hope that many students, faculty, staff and community members will come to enjoy this musical experience.”
Tickets for the event are $5 and may be purchased in advance by calling the University Box Office at (608) 342-1298. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Photos: Pictured left to right in Ensemble Nouveau are David Earll, Matthew Gregg, Keith Lienert, Corey Mackey, Dr. David Cooper and Allen Cordingley. Pictured left to right in Kassia: Women in Song are Rebekah Demaree, Dr. Sharon Jensen and Dr. Susan Savage Day.
Student reflections on this year's Campus Read
The Campus Read Program, established in 2012, is designed to engage the campus and surrounding community in a shared reading activity which will facilitate discussion and learning both inside and outside the classroom. The selection for the 2014-15 academic year is "I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban."
Hear some commentary, in the video below, from a group of UW-Platteville students on this year's selection—both before and after they have read it.