Rountree Ensemble to perform spring concert April 12

March 29, 2017
James Stephenson

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Rountree Ensemble will perform its spring concert, “The Devil’s Tale,” on Wednesday, April 12 in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, UW-Platteville, at 7:30 p.m.

The Rountree Ensemble, directed by Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands at UW-Platteville, is UW-Platteville’s professional chamber music ensemble-in-residence, comprised of faculty musicians as well as select professional musicians.

The concert will feature the music of James Stephenson, a Chicago, Illinois-based composer, arranger and conductor whose works have been performed by leading American orchestras, instrumentalists and wind ensembles around the world, including the Boston Pops, St. Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, New York Pops and more.

The first half of the concert will feature two chamber works by Stephenson, performed by UW-Platteville music faculty, titled “Cousins” for trumpet, saxophone and piano, played by Dr. David Cooper, trumpet; Allen Cordingley, saxophone; and Dr. Elaina Burns, piano; and “Mahogany Moods” for saxophone, bass clarinet and piano, played by Cordingley, Burns and Dr. Corey Mackey, bass clarinet.

The second half of the concert will feature Stephenson’s work, “The Devil’s Tale,” for seven players and will be narrated by Dr. David Schuler, retired associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville.

In addition to the concert, Stephenson will be a guest in theory classes at 8 a.m.; coach Cordingley, Mackey and Burns in a rehearsal of “Mahogany Moods” at 11 a.m.; conduct a roundtable discussion with students at noon; and conduct a master class with Cooper’s trumpet studio at 2 p.m. 

UW-Platteville music faculty performers for the Rountree Ensemble will include Mackey, clarinet; Cooper, trumpet; Keith Lienert, percussion; and Ellis, conductor. Additional performers include Schuler; Wes Luke, violin; Marcia Martin, bassoon; Dr. Mike Dugan, trombone; and Mike White, string bass.

“The Rountree Ensemble’s core personnel is our talented UW-Platteville music faculty,” said Ellis. “With an expansive array of additional professional area musicians, the group becomes an eclectic ensemble of infinite possibilities, thus providing a wide range of repertoire with innumerable instrumentations. Our musicians enjoy playing together and striving for a highest level of artistry.”

Ellis hopes that the Rountree Ensemble will promote enjoyment and further appreciation of chamber music to university students and the tri-states. “Bringing professional instrumental chamber music enhances the musical lives of our students and the musical life of the tri-states,” he said. “The Department of Performing and Visual Arts thanks Thomas Hickey, former English composition and literature professor at UW-Platteville, for his financial support of Rountree Ensemble as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Education for its support of past Rountree Ensemble concerts.”

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 608-342-1298.

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

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