UO Music and Dance wrap through April 17

Pius Cheung
Pius Cheung

Saxophonist Steven Mauk will present a concert in the first spring term event at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. A concert by marimba artist Pius Cheung and the annual Duke Ellington birthday jazz bash are also upcoming.

The school is located in the Frohnmayer Music Building on the UO campus, 961 E. 18th Ave, Eugene. For more information or for a complete calendar of events, call 541-346-5678 or visit music.uoregon.edu.

Steve Mauk, Soprano and Alto Saxophones

Tuesday, April 2
6 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
Admission free

Steven Mauk has served as professor of saxophone in the School of Music at Ithaca College since 1975. He has presented numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto performances nationally and internationally. One of the foremost authorities on the soprano saxophone, Mauk is often invited to present lectures, recitals, and articles dealing with this member of the saxophone family. Mauk has recorded twenty albums, written over 100 articles, and authored four books.  His UO concert repertoire will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Barry Cockroft, Astor Piazzolla, Paul Bonneau, and Jacob ter Veldhuis.

Brooklyn Rider

Sunday, April 7
ChamberMusic@Beall
3 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
$39, $33, $28, $17

Audience members are invited to a free pre-concert “Musical Insights” talk at 2:10 p.m., delivered by UO musicologist Eliot Grasso. Tickets are available in advance from the Hult Center (541-682-5000) or the UO Ticket Office (541-346-4363). The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. The musicians play in venues as varied as Joe's Pub and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Todai-ji Temple in Japan, Library of Congress, San Francisco Jazz, and Austin's South By Southwest Festival. This program explores Stravinsky and Bartok, who chartered a news course in 20th century music with their bold compositional styles. Brooklyn Rider's creative circle of friends is actively making it new in the present day, rebranding the string quartet as a flexible and viable band of the 21st century.

Master class: Brooklyn Rider

Monday, April 8
9 a.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
Admission free

The public is invited to watch the quartet, featured performers of the ChamberMusic@Beall series, work with students in the UO strings program.

Turkish Romani (Gypsy) Dance Workshop

With Reyhan Tuzsuz

Monday, April 8
7 p.m., Room 140, Frohnmayer Music Building
$20 general admission, $15 students; tickets available at the door

Turkish Romani solo women’s dance is a beautiful and technically challenging art form that uses subtle torso and shoulder movements. Reyhan Tuzsuz, internationally acclaimed dancer and teacher from Istanbul, Turkey, will be accompanied by a live band including her husband, well-known wedding performer Hüsnü Tuzsuz, violin; University of Texas Ethnomusicology Professor Sonia Seeman, clarinet; and Sani Rifati, director of the NGO Voice of Roma, percussion. The evening will begin with a video presentation on Turkish Romani dance by Prof. Sonia Seeman.

Barry Hannigan, piano: "A Piano Sampler"

Monday, April 8
8 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
$10 general admission, $8 students and seniors

Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. Guest pianist Barry Hannigan, the Ellen Williams Professor of Music at Bucknell University, will perform repertoire by William Duckworth, Stephen Dembsky, Alex Lubet, Alexandra Pierce, Francis Poulenc, Andrew Burnson, Joseph Schwantner, and Margaret Bonds. Hannigan made his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1984 and has since received rave reviews in major cities across the United States. Hannigan made his European debut at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, and has subsequently performed in Russia, England, China, Ireland, Norway, and New Zealand. He is the recipient of many awards and prizes, including those from the Ford, Belin, Surdna, and Presser Foundations, and is on the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.

Poetry in Song

Tuesday, April 9
7 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
Admission free

A concert in the annual series featuring singers in the Vocal Studies program at the UO School of Music and Dance.

UO Jazz Combos

Friday, April 12
5:30 p.m., The Jazz Station, 124 W. Broadway, Eugene
Admission free

UO combos perform at The Jazz Station in downtown Eugene. Part of the UO’s April 2013 celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month!

Early Harp Day

Saturday, April 13
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Collier House
Admission free

This daylong event, sponsored by the harp studio of UO faculty member Laura Zaerr, will celebrate the role of the harp in early music, and will include both performances and workshops.  Free and open to the public.  Musicians as well as non-musician music enthusiasts are welcome.

Bill McJohn, Italian triple harp

With David Rogers, Joanna Blendulf and Laura Zaerr

Saturday, April 13
5 p.m., Collier House
Admission free

The capstone concert of the 2013 Early Harp Day event. Seattle-based musician Bill McJohn plays medieval, renaissance, and triple harps. McJohn studied early harps with Cheryl Ann Fulton and Maxine Eilander and medieval music with Margriet Tindemans. He performs with the Medieval Women's Choir, the Seattle Continuo Ensemble, the chant ensemble Peregrine, and the medieval duo Contrafacta. He has also performed with Ave Renaissance Women's Choir, the Women of St James Schola, and the Seattle Shakespeare Festival.

Annual Duke Ellington Birthday Bash

Featuring UO Jazz Faculty Members

Sunday, April 14
2 p.m., Aasen-Hull Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
$7 general admission, $5 students and seniors

Part of the UO’s April 2013 celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month! Eugene radio host and UO jazz historian and performer Carl Woideck assembles an all-star tribute concert featuring faculty and students in the UO’s Jazz Studies Program to celebrate the birthdate of music icon Duke Ellington. The concert will include numerous Ellington standards and favorites. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. With more than 3000 songs composed during his lifetime—including favorites such as "It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Mood Indigo," Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington is often cited as America’s most prolific composer, as well as one of its most beloved. As both a composer and as a bandleader, Ellington’s influence on jazz and pop music continues to this day. During his storied career, Ellington was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, along with 13 individual Grammy Awards.

Paul Olson, Organ

Sunday, April 14
4 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
$10 general admission, $8 students and seniors

Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. A concert by a UO alumnus of the organ program, featuring works by Krebs, Kittel, Bach, and Alain. Since 1992, Paul Richard Olson has served as organist and choirmaster at the historic Grace Church (Episcopal) in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Olson is the principal accompanist for the Preparatory Division of the internationally acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, and maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and recitalist. In 1981, Olson earned a master's degree in organ performance and music literature from the University of Oregon.

Oregon Wind Quintet

Monday, April 15
8 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building
$10 general admission, $8 students and seniors

Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. Featuring UO faculty members Molly Barth, flute; Louis DeMartino, clarinet; Melissa Peña, oboe; Idit Shner, saxophone; and Steve Vacchi, bassoon.  Repertoire will include works by Samuel Barber, Paul Hindemith, Irving Fine, Elliott Carter, and David Kechley.

Pius Cheung, Percussion

Tuesday, April 16
7:30 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building 
$10 general admission, $8 students and seniors

Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363. Internationally renowned marimba artist Pius Cheung will perform compositions of his own, as well as arrangements of Bach and Piazzolla among others.