Kassia recital to feature women of courage

September 9, 2014
Kassia: Women in Song

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host its fifth Kassia faculty chamber recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts.

The recital’s main purpose is to inform students, faculty, staff and community members about the lives and experiences of two groups of courageous women in history: the female pioneers of Alaska and the wives of Henry the VIII.

The chamber recital will combine the talents of the university's vocal and instrumental faculty members in repertoire using images, lecture and song to highlight the lives and challenges of these two groups of women.

The chamber/lecture recital will include the members of the UW-Platteville vocal ensemble Kassia: Women on the Edge – Dr. Susan Savage Day and Rebekah Demaree, sopranos, and Sharon Jensen, piano; and UW-Platteville faculty member Corey Mackey, clarinet, from the Department of Performing and Visual Arts.

The concert will feature works by composers Libby Larsen and Barbara Harbach, who, according to Day, created a musical framework to share and honor the words and life stories of these courageous women of the past.

Founded by Day and Demaree in 2006, Kassia concerts are devoted to providing distinctive programming with an educational component. Repertoire features female composers, female poets and chamber works with instrumentalists and seldom-heard literature. The ensemble has performed 24 recitals in Wisconsin and Iowa since its inception.

“Kassia was created to highlight the works of female artists, composers and poets,” said Day. “The ensemble seeks to bring to light lesser known works and composers for the university campus and community. This program is unique in that the audience will feel the combined impact of learning background information, hearing music and seeing visual images.”

“These stories are fascinating and perhaps even more compelling when set to music,” said Demaree. “In the case of the Alaskan women, we have texts taken from the letters and journals of a nurse, an adventurer, an environmentalist and a pioneer. Certainly the writings from the succession of Henry the VIII’s wives make for an intensely dramatic and poignant set of portraits as well.”

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for UW-Platteville students.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the University Box Office at (877) 727-1CFA or online: tickets.uwplatt.edu

Contact: Rebekah Demaree, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1041, demareer@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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