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Acclaimed double bassist Mark Bernat to perform Feb. 17

February 12, 2013
Mark Bernat

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present two guest artist recitals featuring renowned double bassist Mark Bernat Feb. 17.

Bernat will perform at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The 2 p.m. recital will feature J.S. Bach's "Six Suites for Cello," transcribed and arranged for double bass by Bernat.

The 7:30 p.m. performance will feature the music of composer Alec Wilder. Selections will include Wilder's "Sonata for Tuba and Piano," "Sonata for Double Bass and Piano" and "Sonata for Double Bass, Tuba and Piano." Bernat will be joined by Dr. Jerry Young, professor emeritus of tuba and euphonium, tuba; Dr. Barbara Young, lecturer of music, piano; senior Matthew Turek, Monroe, euphonium; and senior Alex Widstrand, Eau Claire, piano.

A native of Poland, Bernat has appeared in major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Israel and China. He trained at the High School of Performing Arts and the Juilliard School in New York City. Bernat has served on the teaching faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Texas and has given master classes at major universities around the nation. The New York Times has described Bernat as a "skilled instrumentalist and sensitive musician."

Wilder's music is a unique blend of American musical traditions — among them jazz and the American popular song — and basic classical European forms and techniques.Although it often pained Wilder that his music was not more widely accepted by either jazz or classical performers, he wrote a great deal of music of remarkable originality in many forms. Much of Wilder's music came about as the result of personal relationships with musicians across the broad spectrum of musical performance genres, ranging from Frank Sinatra and Mitch Miller to Marian McPartland and Doc Severinson, and a host of both jazz and classically oriented instrumental soloists and vocalists.

Bernat's recitals are jointly sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department, string division and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The guest artist recitals are free and open to the public. For more information about UW-Eau Claire music events, visit the music events calendar.



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