Renowned composer to speak Nov. 3

October 12, 2017
Carol Barnett
Dubuque Chorale

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host nationally-renowned composer and Dubuque, Iowa native Carol Barnett as a guest lecturer on Friday, Nov. 3. Her visit also will include a concert on Sunday, Nov. 5 in the Center for the Arts, featuring one of the works she composed.

On Friday, Barnett will speak to more than 50 music majors and minors about the challenges of being a composer in today’s world and will introduce students to “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” a piece she composed that connects the bluegrass idiom with choral music – an unusual combination.

On Sunday, Barnett’s piece will be featured at a special concert, “Bluegrass, Country, and Chorale,” in the Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the Dubuque Chorale, a community vocal group based in Dubuque, and Monroe Crossing, a bluegrass band based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The groups will also perform the concert on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Five Flags Center in Dubuque.

“This event is truly unique,” said Dr. Bob Demaree, director of choral activities at UW-Platteville and artistic director of Dubuque Chorale. “Blending choral music and country music is unusual, yet I believe reaching out to the demographic of our area that finds country music attractive is part of what the Chorale’s mission is and ought to be. Carol Barnett is an internationally respected composer; having her here to speak to our music students is an amazing opportunity.”

Of the Dubuque Chorale’s approximately 85 members, four are UW-Platteville faculty and staff, including Demaree; Dr. Julie Hill, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Lisa Landgraf, associate professor in computer science and software engineering; and Sean Wolfe, hardware asset manager/liaison. Eight of the members are UW-Platteville alumni, including Bob Berglin, Stacey Troxel, Jason Troxel, Steve Addison, Jennifer Wolfe, Kelly Nash, Mike Jozefowicz and Bruna Pelucchi Addison.

According to her website, Barnett “creates audacious and engaging music, both for traditional instrumentation and for cross-pollinations, such as a mass accompanied by a bluegrass band or a duet for steel pan and organ. A force in the Minnesota music scene since 1970, her work has been funded by multiple regional and national organizations, and published through major houses. Barnett is a charter member of the American Composers Forum and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She was composer in residence with the Dale Warland Singers from 1992 to 2001, and taught composition at Augsburg University in Minneapolis from 2000 to 2015.”

Tickets for the concert are $18 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the door or online through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Call 608-342-1298 or 877-727-1CFA or visit tickets.uwplatt.edu.

The presentation and concert were made possible through funding support from the College of Liberal Arts and Education Dean’s Fund.

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

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