Kassia concert to feature works of women composers

September 15, 2017

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host “Kassia: Aspects of Women” faculty chamber recital on Sunday, Sept. 24 in the Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts from 3-4:15 p.m.

Kassia is a professional faculty ensemble comprised of Rebekah Demaree, a voice professor at UW-Platteville, soprano; Dr. Susan Savage Day, vocal area coordinator and voice professor at UW-Platteville, soprano; and Sharon Jensen, a piano professor at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and collaborative pianist for Kassia since its inception. This year, the recital also will feature Hsing-I Ho, lecturer in flute at UW-Platteville, and Corey Mackey, assistant professor of clarinet and theory at UW-Platteville.

Founded by Day, Demaree and Jensen in 2006, Kassia concerts are devoted to providing distinctive programming with an educational component. The ensemble has performed more than 20 recitals in Wisconsin and Iowa since its inception.

Kassia recitals are unique in that they present musical works from a woman's perspective.

“This recital will feature works from a woman’s perspective, many composed by women, others with texts by women that are delivered seriously or post humorously from the perspective of a woman,” said Demaree. “Composers to be featured include Chaminade, Garwood, Hairston, Laitman, Moore, Rogers, Saint-Saens and Walker.”

“We continue to enjoy presenting works by women artists to enrich our campus, the Platteville community and the tri-state area,” said Day. “In July, I attended a vocal pedagogy seminar at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia where I met a colleague from Minneapolis. As she discussed her new passion of song literature by female composers, I mentioned that I was a member of Kassia. She immediately said, ‘You are a rock star! I know of Kassia and your programming!’ I quickly explained that I am no rock star, but it does appear that Kassia’s mission of presenting programs by women composers and poets has reached farther than the tri-state area – she even asked us to come to Minneapolis to present a recital and talk with her students. As we start our 11th year, I am proud of our mission and all of our colleagues who have joined us in collaboration over the years.”

General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for UW-Platteville students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling the University Box Office at 877-727-1CFA or online at tickets.uwplatt.edu.

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


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