Grammy- Winning Dame Evelyn Glennie to Perform at UWSP
For the City-Times
Percussion virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie will perform at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and work with students March 10-11. She will play with the UW-Stevens Point Wind Ensemble in a 7:30 p.m. concert March 11 in Michelsen Hall, Noel Fine Arts Center.
Tickets are $11.75 and may be purchased through the University Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center, 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378, or at http://tickets.uwsp.edu.
Dame Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create a full-time career as a solo percussionist. She has earned three Grammy Awards, including “best classical instrumental solo” this year, for her rendition of John Corigliano’s acclaimed percussion concerto, “Conjurer.”
She has been called one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians today for creating performances full of vitality. She has performed with the world’s greatest conductors, orchestras and artists including Nana Vasconcelos, Bela Fleck, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Taipei Traditional Chinese Orchestra. She had a lead role in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
“It really doesn’t get any bigger than this,” said Music Professor and Director of Bands Brendan Caldwell, who is coordinating her visit to UW-Stevens Point. “Yo-Yo Ma and Winton Marsalis were here, and they worked with students, but performed with their own ensembles. When Dame Evelyn performs, it’s with our Wind Ensemble.”
She also will work with UW-Stevens Point music students and faculty in a master class from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 10 and hold a question-answer session from 3 to 4 p.m. March 11, both in Room 221 of the Noel Fine Arts Center. These sessions and a rehearsal with the Wind Ensemble at 1 p.m. March 11 are open to the public. Area music instructors and students are welcome.
Born in Scotland, Glennie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London at age 19. She was awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007. She has been profoundly deaf since age 12.
The film Touch the Sound and her enlightening TED talk (Technology, Entertainment, Design and more at TED.com) are testimonies to her world of sound creation knowledge and understanding.
“The Perception Project” is the theme of the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s guest artist series to raise sensory awareness among audiences through entertaining, enlightening events. “Dame Evelyn’s visit is an opportunity to reconsider one of our senses,” Caldwell said. “She can’t hear, but she listens better than most. She’s teaching the world how to listen through mindfulness.”