Double Reed Day set for Nov. 8

November 4, 2014
Kaunitz and Wilson

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host Double Reed Day on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Center for the Arts from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event is open to the public, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

The event is designed to provide specialized instruction for double reed enthusiasts of all ages. Double reed instruments are woodwind instruments that have a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together when played, such as the bassoon and oboe.

Led by Dr. Jacqueline Wilson and Dr. Galit Kaunitz, both double reed faculty at UW-Platteville, the day will include a morning and afternoon double reed rehearsal, exhibits, master classes that involve students receiving instruction by Wilson and Kaunitz, and special classes that address topics specifically related to bassoons and oboes.

The day will conclude with a final concert performance that includes all Double Reed Day participants as well as UW-Platteville double reed faculty members on the Center for the Arts stage. Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands and professor of music at UW-Platteville, will direct the performance. The repertoire will be a variety of classical music written for double reed instruments. Traditionally, bassoon and oboe are played with classical music from the Baroque period in the 17th century through modern day.

“This event will provide an opportunity for us to connect with local students,” said Wilson. “The day is full of performances, rehearsals and special topics classes. It is a great chance for us to work with younger students on the unique challenges of these instruments and to have fun and connect with others in the process.”

For more information about Double Reed Day visit the website. The registration fee is $25 for those who register after Oct. 24. Registration is also available at the door.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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