UW-Platteville to host Baroque Music Festival

February 16, 2018
Ed Kottick
Dr. David Cooper
Natalie Landowski

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts will host its first annual Baroque Music Festival on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11.

The two-day festival will explore the captivating, classical music of the Baroque era (c. 1600-1750), bringing together music faculty, students and esteemed guest musicians in a weekend of lectures, master classes, recital and final concert. On Saturday, lectures and master classes will be held in Doudna Hall from 3-5 p.m. and an all-Baroque chamber music recital will be held in the Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, at 6 p.m. On Sunday, a culminating concert featuring the UW-Platteville choirs and orchestra will be held in the Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. 

“The festival will provide an incredible educational experience for our music students and faculty to interact while playing Baroque music,” said Heather Huckleberry, instructor of oboe at UW-Platteville and artistic director of the festival. “An enormous quantity of classical music literature was written during the Baroque era and the performance practices and historical music details are foundational to the pedagogy of a 21st-century musician.”

The Baroque Music Festival weekend will be a culmination of learning for the students, as they have been studying Baroque music throughout the semester in their history classes, with their private music professors and in their large ensembles. The final concert on Sunday is significant because students will have an opportunity to play with faculty members and professional Baroque musicians.

“The students will gain so much just by watching, listening and playing with our esteemed faculty and our guests,” said Huckleberry. “As a musician, there is nothing like the feeling of playing with your teacher. It is the ultimate teaching tool that no classroom or book can duplicate.”

Huckleberry noted that the audience will gain much from the final concert, as well.

“Hearing the sounds of a symphony orchestra is a rare treat,” said Huckleberry. “We will be creating a high-caliber product that will add to our community’s cultural and quality of life. That’s the neat thing about having a university in Platteville. We should be the model of intellect and culture – and that’s exactly what this festival aims to do.” 

Baroque Music Festival’s schedule of events:

Saturday, March 10

3 p.m., Room 136 Doudna Hall, UW-Platteville:
Dr. Edward Kottick, distinguished guest lecturer, professor emeritus of musicology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and a leading expert on the harpsichord, will present “Fruits, Flowers, Floozies, Fripperies, and Finishes: A Fleet Frolic Through Harpsichord Decoration” to an audience of university students, academicians, professional musicians, community members and Baroque enthusiasts from the tri-state area. The lecture is free and open to the public.

4 p.m., Room 174 Doudna Hall, UW-Platteville:
Dr. David Cooper, guest artist and professor of trumpet and jazz studies at UW-Platteville, will conduct a trumpet master faculty workshop on “Approaching Baroque Ornamentation on Modern Instruments.” The workshop is free and open to the public.

4 p.m., Room 177 Doudna Hall, UW-Platteville:
Natalie Landowski, guest lecturer from the University of Iowa, will present a lecture recital, “Nature, People, and Court Life at the Palace of Versailles: Exploring the world of Francois Couperin through his Pieces de Clavecin.” The recital is free and open to the public.

6 p.m., Nohr Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, UW-Platteville:
Baroque Chamber Music Recital, featuring UW-Platteville music faculty and guest artists Alan Huckleberry (piano) and Daniel Ellis (oboe). The recital is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 11

3 p.m., Center for the Arts, UW-Platteville:
UW-Platteville Baroque Festival final concert. An all-Baroque program, presented by UW-Platteville choirs and orchestra. The program will feature more than 150 students from a variety of disciplines and 20 faculty members, including featured guest artist Dr. David Cooper, trumpet; Heather Huckleberry, oboe; Rebekah Demaree, soprano; Dr. Susan Savage Day, soprano; Asami Hagiwara, harpsichord; Rob Cooper, organ; and Marcia Martin, bassoon.

Tickets for Sunday’s final program are $5 for students and $10 for adults 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.

High-impact practices are an important component of UW-Platteville’s 2017-2018 strategic work plan, which includes the institutional priorities of improving student learning, data-informed decision making, budgeting and planning, supporting student success through retention and recruitment initiatives, and campus climate.

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


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