Rountree Ensemble to perform with university choirs

April 27, 2016
Rountree Ensemble

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – On Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m., the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Rountree Ensemble will perform its spring concert. The Rountree Ensemble, UW-Platteville's professional chamber music ensemble-in-residence, will be collaborating with the university’s Chamber Choir, University Singers and Concert Choir to celebrate the university’s sesquicentennial of UW-Platteville.

The Rountree Ensemble was founded in 2001. The group is comprised of faculty musicians as well as some other area professionals. Select UW-Platteville students, including Lucas Randall on clarinet; Samantha Johnson on bassoon; Evan Gawron on Horn; Samuel Cutter on trumpet and Patrick Nate on trombone, will be performing with the Rountree Ensemble as a side-by-side mentoring experience.

“This concert provides our students the opportunity to perform a work of this magnitude. They have taken on the challenge to learn this complex and intricate work that is powerful but yet, beautiful,” said Dr. Barry Ellis, director of the Rountree Ensemble.

During the first half of the concert, select members of the Rountree Ensemble will perform Carl Nielsen’s “Wind Quintet.” This quintet features flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn.

The Nielsen “Wind Quintet” showcases our outstanding faculty musicians,” said Ellis.

The second half of the concert will be a combined effort of the Rountree Ensemble and the University Choirs in the performance of “Mass No. 2 in E Minor” by Anton Bruckner. This piece was composed in 1866, the founding year of UW-Platteville for a celebration of a votive chapel. That a masterwork was composed for a celebration the same year as our university was instituted just seems appropriate for this concert.   

“This concert is special for several reasons,” said Ellis. “First, we collaborate with our faculty as musicians and artists. Secondly, we partner with our students as a faculty-mentor ensemble. Both the students in the choir and those performing in the Rountree Ensemble collaborate with our faculty and select professional musicians in an artistic setting.”

Dr. Barry Ellis directs the Rountree Ensemble, and Robert Demaree and Brian Burns direct the choirs. The performance will be held in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, which is located on the UW-Platteville campus. Tickets are available at the University Box Office. General admission is $12. Student and senior tickets are $5. For more ticket information visit the online box office at tickets.uwplatt.edu or call the University Box Office at 608- 3342-1298.

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 Rountree Ensemble performance aligns with the priorities of providing an outstanding education and enriching the tri-states.


Written by: Jackelyn Johnson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194, johnsonjacke@uwplatt.edu

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