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December 12, 2011

Wisconsin Wind Orchestra presents "Pairings"

WAUKESHA, WIS.— The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, resident professional ensemble of Carroll University, will offer a performance in the Humphrey Memorial Chapel at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. The ensemble was founded and is conducted by Lawrence Dale Harper, professor of music.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28, and are $10 adults, $5 students and seniors 60 and older. Or contact the box office at 262.524.7633 or

The concert is entitled “Pairings,” a reference to the ensemble’s instrumentation as a double woodwind quintet consisting of pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. Also “paired” on the program will be the closely related art forms of music and painting.

“I have always been fascinated by the parallels between art and music,” Harper said. “This concert gives us an opportunity to ponder those relationships in an immediate and visceral way that should be very exciting and revealing.”

Pacia Sallomi, associate professor of art, and local artist Ellie Nocun will create original works during the concert as they respond spontaneously to the sound, emotion and structure of the music.

Sallomi describes the pairing as an experiment. She said, “I have no idea what the ‘product’ will be; it is about the process of painting, of responding to music in visual form and of responding to each other, so there are a lot of unknowns. Art making is about risk-taking, and this is a risk.”

The art will be auctioned immediately following the concert, with proceeds to benefit the newly founded Greater Milwaukee El Sistema Orchestra at Hadfield Elementary School in Waukesha. El Sistema, or The System, is a Venezuelan approach to classical music education for disadvantaged children.

Included on the program will be music for two antiphonal woodwind quintets, the “Andantino” from the Concerto No. 3 by Antonio Soler, the “Divertissement” by French composer Emile Bernard, “Dixtuor” by George Enescu, and a work by the well-known composer Darius Milhaud.

For more information, contact the music office at 262.524.7182.

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