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UMaine Faculty Trumpet Recital Sept. 23 Offers Variety of Classics

Contact: Jack Burt, 581-1773; George Manlove, 581-3756

ORONO — A UMaine faculty recital scheduled Saturday, Sept. 23, featuring trumpet professor Jack Burt and friends, promises an evening of musical classics, including a Haydn concerto and a suite from Gilbert and Sullivan.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall. Admission is $6 for the public. Students with a MaineCard are admitted free.

Burt will be joined on stage by UMaine music professors Laura Artesani, a pianist, and Anatole Wieck, a violinist and violist, and Bangor cellist Marisa Solomon and four UMaine music students.

The program for the evening is varied and includes music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father Leopold Mozart, Haydn, Eric Ewazen and Sir Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.

Burt describes the Mozart concerto as being “tuneful, expressive and quite a physical challenge for the player, due to the sustained, extreme high register.”

The Haydn “Concerto” is standard fare, according to Burt, and is “the most played piece by one of the most prolific of the great composers.”

“The Trio for Trumpet, Violin and Piano” by Eric Ewazen was written in 1992 and “is American music, with a big ‘A,’ ” Burt says, “in the tradition of Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber – warm, energetic and optimistic.”

The “Suite” from The Pirates of Penzance, “is all fun,” says Burt, “a medley taken from the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta – tuneful and comical. It is arranged for brass quintet.”

UMaine students and horn players Andrew P. Young, Jeffery Hake, James Hebert and Nicholas York will join Burt for the “Suite.”

About the musicians:

Jack Burt joined UMaine’s School of Performing Arts in the fall of 2004. In addition to his responsibilities within the trumpet studio, Burt conducts the UMaine Jazz Ensemble, directs the Brass Ensemble and coaches student chamber brass groups. He earned degrees from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Texas at Austin, with additional private studies in Berlin, Germany. He has worked with members of major orchestras in the United States and Europe, among them the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.

He has performed with the Corpus Christi Symphony and the Victoria Symphony Orchestras in Texas and in Mexico City as principal trumpet of the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, and he was a member of the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico.

Laura Artesani is assistant chair of the Music Division for the School of Performing Arts at UMaine. She teaches in the areas of music education, music history, keyboard musicianship and women’s studies. She currently serves as the piano accompanist for three choral ensembles at the School of Performing Arts: the University Singers, Athena Consort and Collegiate Chorale, performs frequently at faculty and student recitals and is music director at the Old Town United Methodist Church, where she directs the Adult, Youth and Handbell Choirs.

Bangor native Marisa Solomon is a member of the Bangor Symphony and a graduate of the Oberlin and San Francisco Conservatories. She also is a member of the Cormier Trio, a professional string trio based in Blue Hill. She performs in the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, and has performed at Kneisel Hall, the Festival dei Dui Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, S.C., and the Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas.

Anatole Wieck teaches violin and viola and conducts the University of Maine Chamber Orchestra. Born in Latvia, Wieck received his early musical training in Riga and Moscow. In 1973 he came to the United States to study at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City where he earned his bachelor, master and doctorate degrees.

An accomplished violinist, violist and conductor, Wieck has performed and taught throughout North America, South America and Europe. He also is on the roster of the Maine Touring Artists Program.

Ticket information is available by calling the Maine Center for the Arts box office at (207) 581-1755.

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