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NWC small ensembles in concert Oct. 30

Posted October 18, 2012
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyo. - The month of October draws to a close with four small ensemble concerts Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Northwest College.

Providing one of the few opportunities at Northwest to listen to a concert of chamber music, NWC’s three woodwind ensembles—clarinet, flute and saxophone—and percussion ensemble will perform in a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Hinckley Library Amphitheater.

Written for small groups of five or six instruments, chamber music is a more relaxed, informal style of music; more intimate in nature and most often performed in smaller spaces. This genre evolved with the rise of the middle class and was often written to be performed by amateurs.

The flute ensemble will be conducted by Austin Frescoln. She currently plays principle flute for the Northwest Civic Orchestra and received her music degree from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., with a focus in voice and flute.

Craig Olson directs the saxophone ensemble. Well-known around the area, Olson has a diverse music background, including affiliations with jazz camps, bands and music festival adjudication.

Don Christman oversees the clarinet ensemble. His broad experience includes teaching music and directing public school bands and performing with orchestras, concert and jazz bands. Northwest’s music department is pleased to have him on board in his premier NWC concert showcasing the clarinet ensemble.

Immediately following the woodwinds, the percussion ensemble, under the direction of Jan Kliewer, will close the concert. An active teacher of voice, choral music and music theory, Kliewer also finds time to perform as a baritone soloist in concerts and opera, and serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the region.

Admission is free.